Wasserman-Rubin resigns from Broward commission
As a more than two-year investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s office come to a close, Broward County commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin has resigned in advance of charges.
On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for three third degree felonies and four second-degree felonies for unlawful compensation for improperly advocating for and benefiting from numerous government grants.
State attorney Michael Satz began investigating Wasserman-Rubin’s involvement with voting for grant approval from the Broward commission on projects her husband Richard Rubin was involved in. The state ethics commission has already fined her $15,000, paid in 2008, for votes in 2003 that gave county grant money for land purchases Rubin secured for Southwest Ranches. He received a $15,000 bonus from the city.
Ron Ishoy, spokesman for Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, said his office would reveal more details about the warrant once Wasserman-Rubin turns herself into the police. Wasserman-Rubin, a Havana immigrant and the county’s first Hispanic commissioner and mayor, had already stopped her re-election campaign for the November election, citing Parkinson’s disease as her reason for stopping. She has denied the investigation played any part in deciding not to run for re-election.
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