No. Miami Beach Mayor Pleads Guilty To Criminal Campaign Violation Charges


North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo is facing criminal charges after allegedly using donations for his 2015 campaign for personal expenses for himself and his wife.

Authorities with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office say Vallejo will plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of violating campaign laws and resign from office. 

He will: 

  • Serve 90 days of house arrest with a GPS monitor
  • Complete 500 hours of community service 
  • Recieve 18 months of probation

The charges stem from Vallejo's 2015 unopposed re-election, when he solicited donations for a political committee created by his aunt named "Floridians for Progress," authorities said.

In May of 2015, the treasurer of the political committee wrote a $5,000 check to a Florida corporation formed in 2014 by Vallejo and his wife, Sandra Shinego. 

Authorities said the money was then moved to a Wyoming corporation owned by the couple, and was then largely spent on their personal expenses.

Vallejo has been mayor since 2011. He and his wife have two sons.


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