Suspended North Miami mayor duped by partner in mortgage scheme – Yahoo News

lucie tondreau_200_200Marie Lucie Tondreau, who became the first female Haitian-American mayor of North Miami when she was elected in 2013, is standing trial in federal court in Miami after being indicted in May on six counts of wire fraud.She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of a scheme prosecutors say was carried out from 2005 to 2008, before she took office. She is suspended from her post while the case is pending.Prosecutors said Tondreau paid relatives and listeners of her radio show up to $5,000 each to take part in the scheme that ended with her renting out at least 20 properties and using the proceeds for clothes and other purchases.“When Ms. Tondreau took to the airwaves to promote this mortgage company she brought a sense of credibility,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lois Foster-Steers. via – Yahoo News.

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