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A Miami Beach commissioner who once was considered a top candidate to be the city’s next mayor will reportedly resign Tuesday and plead guilty to a charge of violating campaign finance laws.
Michael Grieco, who has served one term as the Group 2 commissioner for the city, is expected to announce his departure as part of a deal worked out with prosecutors, according to the Miami Herald, before entering the plea in Miami-Dade Criminal Court.
Grieco, a 42-year-old one term commissioner who previously worked for the state attorney’s office, will receive a one year probation sentence – during which time he will not be able to seek office.
The report says Grieco accepted a political donation designed by what is referred to as a “straw donor”, a misdemeanor law in Florida. The charge stemmed from a political committee that raised over $200,000 from developers and lobbyists, among others, looking to seek influence. Grieco had initially denied any involvement.
Grieco was first elected to the city commission in 2013, as the former lawyer was elected among a wave of change in the city that included the election of current mayor Philip Levine. When Levine announced in January that he would not seek a third term, Grieco announced his candidacy for the post before withdrawing from the race in July.
In September, Grieco announced he would not seek re-election to the commission as the investigation continued.