LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United Sta…

LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Brian J. Wimpling, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation Division, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Division, announced that Daniel N. Miteff, 55, of Wellington, Florida, has been arrested on an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest services mail fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. If convicted, Miteff faces a statutory maximum of 275 years’ imprisonment.

Miteff, a developer and close associate of former Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners (the Board) Chairman Anthony R. Masilotti, was appointed to the Traffic Performance Standards Review Board and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Counsel. The Indictment charges Miteff with conspiring with Masilotti to corruptly use Masilotti’s influence and political position to secure a contract to develop property located in the Village of Royal Palm Beach. This property was formerly owned by the Diocese of Palm Beach. That contract was later sold by Miteff to GL Homes for $1.3 million. The Indictment further alleges that Miteff split the proceeds with others, including Masilotti, who received his payment in gaming chips during an arranged meeting at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in Nassau, Bahamas, in February 2004.

The Indictment also seeks forfeiture of various assets tied to the honest services fraud conspiracy, including a money judgment of approximately $1.3 million.

U.S. Attorney Acosta stated, “This Indictment reflects the federal government’s continued commitment to investigate and prosecute those who profit from the misuse of office by public officials. We will continue to aggressively investigate Masilotti’s corrupt transactions and prosecute those individuals involved in his get-rich schemes.”

“This case is another example of the successes that occur when law enforcement agencies combine resources to combat public corruption and money laundering in our community. IRS-CI will continue to aggressively investigate those who assist others to conceal their ill gotten gains,” said IRS Special Agent in Charge Brian J. Wimpling.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Solomon stated, “Public corruption is the number one criminal priority of the FBI. As demonstrated in this case, we will continue to investigate all those who get an unfair, illegal advantage in government business.”

Mr. Acosta commended the detailed investigative efforts of the IRS and FBI. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys John Kastrenakes, Stephen Carlton, and Antonia Barnes.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/.

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