Acquitted Miami Lakes Mayor Wants His Job Back


MIAMI — The Miami Lakes mayor acquitted by a jury of federal corruption charges is demanding his job back, as well as back pay and legal fees.

Michael Pizzi’s attorney Ben Kuehne sent letters Tuesday to city officials saying that Pizzi must be restored to serve out his term until 2016.

On orders of the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday lifted the suspension from office imposed on Pizzi after his August 2013 arrest. Pizzi was cleared last August of seven corruption-related charges stemming from an undercover FBI investigation into questionable city grants.

A replacement mayor, Wayne Slaton, was elected following Pizzi’s arrest. The city has previously said Slaton is the rightful Miami Lakes mayor.

City officials didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment.