Corruption investigation continues at State Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to officially remove a Tallahassee City Commissioner after pleading guilty to three counts of public corruption.

Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to officially remove a Tallahassee City Commissioner after pleading guilty to three counts of public corruption. (MGN)

But, a yet to be made public agreement calls on the former Mayor and Commissioner and a long-time lobbyist to offer substantial assistance.

Moments after disgraced former Mayor and City Commissioner Scott Maddox pleaded guilty to three charges of public corruption, the U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe announced he was stepping up his game.

“We would not be establishing this public trust unit if we were not pursuing all sorts of leads in all sorts of places that I simply can’t share with you," said Keefe.

The plea agreement signed by Maddox and long-time lobbyist Paige Carter Smith references a sealed agreement about future cooperation. Maddox’s lawyer Stephen Dobson would say nothing.

“I’m not making any comments about that.”

But Erwin Jackson, the property owner who took corruption charges to the city commission nearly a decade ago says it's going to get ugly before it gets better.

“Anyone who has had dealings with Scott in the last 20 years, including a few people down in Miami probably aren’t going to be sleeping very well because he’s coming after them," Jackson said.

Jackson expects six to eight more indictments. The current investigation began in 2015, but insiders say they don’t expect it to take that long for the next shoe to drop.

In the meantime, newly elected City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow wants the city's contracts with at least two companies at the center of the bribery allegations voided.

“You’re not going to keep those contracts if that’s how you got them” says Matlow. “So if they are currently being paid, they need to be canceled and we need to start over.”

And while the indictments reference Tallahassee business dealings, both Maddox and Carter Smith had business dealings statewide, which means prosecutors could cast a wide net.

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