Florida Mayor suspended after money laundering charge
Deposed Mayor of Florida Joy Cooper Photo: Twitter
London, Jan. 27, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A South Florida mayor has been charged with money laundering and official misconduct after being investigated by the FBI.
Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper was arrested Thursday and booked into the Broward County Jail.
Consequently, she has been thrown out of office. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the executive order suspending Cooper from office.
She is also facing charges related to exceeding campaign contributions and soliciting contributions in a government building, according to information from the Broward State Attorney’s office obtained by WPLG.
Cooper, born in Trenton, N.J., was elected to the commission in 1999 and has also served as a city commissioner and vice mayor before being elected mayor.
Court documents show the 57-year-old Democrat who is the mayor of Hallandale Beach, now faces three felony charges.
The felonies carry maximum prison sentences of five years.
Larry Davis, her attorney, said she plans to plead not guilty.
Cooper has been the city’s mayor since 2005 and previously served on the city commission beginning in 1999.
She said: “I can assure you that I will vigorously fight these allegations in court”.