The former mayor of North Miami Beach is facing charges of unlawful compensation and campaign finance violations related to his re-election efforts in 2011, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office said Thursday.
Myron Rosner, 52, was arrested and booked into Miami-Dade jail on an arrest warrant shortly before noon, records showed. He was being held on $8,500 bond.
His attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.
According to the State Attorney's Office, the charges against Rosner stem from the use and payment for advertising bus benches placed throughout the City of North Miami Beach.
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In one instance, personal advertising messages were paid for with funds donated to Rosner's campaign account, constituting felony grand theft, authorities said.
In another, advertising was to be extended to Rosner without cost so the company would avoid losing the city bus bench contract, constituting unlawful compensation.
Authorities say the movements of checks related to the advertising constituted various election finance crimes, including extending a worthless check and extending a campaign check with insufficient funds.
Rosner has been charged with grand theft, illegal campaign expenditures, false report of expenditure, knowledge of unlawful reporting of contributions and expenditures, illegal contribution, worthless check, insufficient funds/campaign expense and two counts of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.
The case was investigated by the State Attorney's Office, Miami-Dade Police Department's Public Corruption Investigations Bureau and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics.
"All of our campaigns and elections need to follow the laws outlined by the Florida Statutes," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.