MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a 55-year-old juror in an ongoing federal trial has been charged with soliciting a bribe in exchange for convincing other jurors to vote not guilty.
Federal officials on Thursday said Italo Campagna approached the father of the defendant outside the U.S. Courthouse in Miami, saying he had information about the case. Officials say he gave the father his phone number but didn’t identify himself as a juror.
Officials say the defendant’s brother arranged to meet with Campagna, who told him he was a juror and offered to persuade other jurors to vote not guilty in exchange for 50,000 to $100,000.
The brother contacted the FBI. Campagna was arrested in Miami Beach during an Oct. 5 meeting with the brother to exchange money.
No lawyer was listed for Campagna.
Source: Associated Press