Florida Mayor Sued for Trying to Pay $4,000 Fine With Coins
The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust has sued Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez for trying to pay a $4,000 fine with 28 buckets of pennies and nickels, the commission said Wednesday.
The Commission also doubled the fine imposed on Hernandez, saying that he intentionally broke its regulations by sending the 360,000 coins even though he knew the panel accepts only checks.
“On November 6th, the Mayor sent 28 buckets of coins (along with several television crews) in an apparent attempt to pay the fine in disregard of the COE requirement that it be paid by check,” the commission said in a statement. “His ploy was deemed commercially unreasonable and contemptuous by COE staff, and therefore, rejected.”
“A small claims complaint was filed in County Court. A hearing was set for Dec. 9 to address the Mayor's non-compliance,” the statement added.