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Miami-Dade commissioner surrenders to face criminal charges in corruption probe

Joe Martinez Arrest
Pedro Portal
Miami Herald
Police officers escort Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez, into the Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Doral, Tuesday morning

Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez surrendered on Tuesday to face criminal charges, as an arrest warrant reveals he is being accused of accepting $15,000 in exchange for sponsoring a law five years ago to help a shopping plaza that had been repeatedly slapped with fines for code violations.

Martinez, 64, is being charged with unlawful compensation and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation.

The commissioner, who faces a possible suspension from office by Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, has already proclaimed his innocence, lashing out at prosecutors and calling the case “politically motivated.” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is scheduled to detail the charges at a 2:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday.

Read more from our news partner, the Miami Herald.