Former Fort Lauderdale Pol Busted for Corruption

Former commissioner faces 11 charges including misconduct and grand theft

By Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Former Fort Lauderdale Pol Busted for Corruption

Broward Sheriff's Office

Cindi Hutchinson

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A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner was busted Friday on a host of corruption charges related to gifts and services she received from developers while in office.

Cindi Hutchinson, 53, faces 11 charges including three counts of unlawful compensation, four counts of official misconduct, one count of grand theft, one count of petit theft, one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation, and one count of perjury.

The State Attorney's Office says Hutchinson accepted fences, pavers, fence repair, air conditioning repairs and other work from subcontractors from the La Preserve and Georgian Oaks development projects after she voted on rezoning approval for the development projects.

The gifts were worth about $14,000, which Hutchinson failed to disclose.

Hutchinson turned herself in to the Broward County jail Friday morning and is expected to be released later today on $10,500 bond.

Also charged in the scheme is Steven Goldstrom, a partner of Glenn Wright Construction, developers of the Georgian Oaks and La Preserve.

Goldman faces one count of perjury and he was expected to be released on $5,000 bond.

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