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FBI arrests 2 South Florida mayors

1:21 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
(Left) Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi (Source: miamilakes-fl.gov) and (Right) Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño (Source: http://www.cityofsweetwater.fl.gov)
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater Tuesday on bribery charges.

"They both were surprised," a source familiar with the case told CBS4's Jim DeFede.

The arrests, first reported by the Miami Herald, will be separate cases involving different people.

Governor Rick Scott released a statement within an hour of the arrest that read, "This is disappointing. Public officials must be held to the highest standards. While we wait to see the evidence, the fact remains that elected officials must be held to the highest standard."

The governor's office also confirmed to CBSMiami.com that both will be suspended from office.

Both Mayor Michael Pizzi and Mayor Manuel Maroño were taken into custody at their respective city hall offices and may be in federal court as early as Tuesday afternoon, according to the Herald.

Pizzi is in his second term as mayor of Miami Springs and has worked as a Miami Lakes councilman and at a criminal defense firm in Miami before being elected mayor for the first time in 2008.

Pizzi also helped lead the fight to oust former Miami-Dade Commissioner Natacha Seijas in 2011, according to the Herald.

Maroño is not only the Mayor of Sweetwater, but also president of the Florida League of Cities and was part of Governor Scott's transition team. Maroño was one of Scott's most vocal supporters during his 2010 run for governor.

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