Richard Allen Ellis Jr. of Hollywood, FL, was charged with four counts of bribery concerning a federally funded program and four counts of extortion under color of official right. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of attorney.
15 South Florida residents have been indicted in connection with a fraud and bribery scheme involving employees and vendors of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medial Centers in Miami and West Palm Beach.
An 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.
Jovany Perez of Miami, Florida was arrested last week for allegedly taking a bribe from a woman he accused of using a fake marriage to become a permanent U.S. resident.
Perez, 34, is an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He is being charged with receiving a bribe while a public official. He was released on May 18 on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on June 1. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
William F. Davis Jr., Palm Springs Village Public Services Director, was arrested on November 29 for allegedly receiving unlawful rewards in exchange for official favors. Davis faces charges for organized scheme to defraud and unlawful rewards for official behavior. He was held in lieu of $8,000 and has since bonded out of jail. The press didn’t name an attorney for Davis.
According to Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office, Davis reportedly received almost $20,000 in bribes from contractors Carlo and Luigi Basile of AKA Services over the past six years. The Basile brothers believed that the town would pay them faster for their sewage and water services if they bribed Davis to accelerate the process.