North Miami Beach commissioner turns self in on bribery charges

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - North Miami Beach Commissioner Frantz Pierre has turned himself in to police amid bribery charges.

Pierre, 53, faces charges of bribery, money laundering and several other crimes.

Officials said Pierre received over $20,000 in exchange for voting in favor of a special operating license for the North Miami Beach Dean’s Gold Strip Club, allowing the club to serve alcohol after-hours.

“Almost nothing infuriates the public more than learning there is evidence that someone they elected has turned his position into a way to put money into his own pocket,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez. “With the filing of this arrest warrant, we are alleging that that is exactly what happened here.”

In May, the 53-year-old was also found guilty after an ethics commission said he threatened to fire a city code compliance officer for issuing citations at his house.

Pierre is being held on a bond of $35,000.

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