3rd Fla. mayor arrested within the past month
MIAMI (AP) — The mayor of Homestead, Fla., has been arrested on illegal compensation charges from a secret consulting job he had with a Florida health clinic company. He is the third mayor of a Miami-Dade County city to be arrested in the past month on corruption or ethics charges.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office said Wednesday that 58-year-old Steve Bateman was arrested at his home. The investigation centers on Bateman’s $125-an-hour gig with Community Health of South Florida Inc. The company was seeking approval from the Homestead city council to expand in the city.
Authorities say Bateman never disclosed his consulting work. They also say Bateman sought county approval for sewer improvements for the health clinic without disclosing his job with the company.
Court records did not list an attorney for him Wednesday morning.