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Roberto-Martinez-240x300Broward County tax office employee Roberto Martinez was arrested at work on June 29 for his alleged involvement in a fraud scheme that netted $1.6 million from 28 county property owners.

Martinez, 46, faces multiple felony charges, including money laundering, organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, forgery, and official misconduct. He is being held on $915,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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Kim-Liakos-300x169An arrest warrant was issued last Wednesday for former Margate city employee Kim Liakos, accusing her of receiving kickbacks worth $33,000 as well as free repairs to her home. In exchange, she allegedly gave city projects to contractors at inflated prices.

Liakos, 58, is charged with grand theft, bribery, unlawful compensation, and bid tampering. Her attorney told the press that she intends to turn herself in. She reportedly gave up her passport and will plead not guilty at her arraignment.

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Lisa-Rivera-205x300Former Boca Raton Community High School treasurer Lisa Rivera was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing over $20,000 from the school. Rivera, 47, is also a Greenacres city councilwoman in her second term.

She was charged with grand theft, official misconduct, and organized scheme to defraud and released on $10,000 bond. It is unclear if she has hired an attorney.

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Brian-Newby-300x169Ronald Newby and his son, Brian Newby, were arrested this week as accomplices of a former Fort Lauderdale public works supervisor who allegedly misused his city-issued charge cards to buy expensive tools which he would pawn for cash.

The Newbys, of Coconut Creek, were arrested for dealing in stolen property. Brian Newby, 24, faces 55 theft-related charges and is being held on $82,500 bond in Broward Main Jail. Ronald Newby, 59, faces 18 theft-related charges. His bond was not immediately available. It is unclear if either of them has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Joseph-Arena-261x300Joseph Arena of Margate, Florida was arrested last week for allegedly using city-issued purchasing cards to buy expensive tools which he sold for cash. Arena, 57, is a former Fort Lauderdale public works supervisor.

He turned himself in on June 1 and faces several charges, including grand theft, giving false information, dealing in stolen property, official misconduct, and falsifying official documents. He allegedly stole items valued between $20,000 and $100,000. The exact amount he purportedly stole was not disclosed.

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