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Millionaire gets 2½ years in South Florida corruption case

August 28, 2018

MIAMI (AP) — The millionaire owner of a towing-and-scrap-yard business has been sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison for bribing a South Florida politician in a wide-ranging corruption scandal.

Court records show Raul Sosa Sr. was sentenced Friday. The time will be added to a sentence he’s already serving for an unrelated 2016 tax conviction.

Sosa and his son, Raul Sosa Jr., previously pleaded guilty to paying $10,000 to then-Opa-Locka Commissioner Luis Santiago and lobbyist Dante Starks. The bribery was arranged after the city of Opa-Locka sought bids from towing contracts in 2015.

Santiago has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison. Sosa Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced next month, and Starks will be sentenced in November.

So far, six defendants have pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy in the case.

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