by Javier Manjarres
With a recall of Mayor Carlos Alvarez in the Miami-Dade Mayor recall election looking likely, several politicos and whistleblowers are now making criminal accusations and pointing fingers about alleged municipal corruption in connection to the recent arrests involving illegal slot machines seized by Miami Police just a few days ago. Former City of Miami Mayor Joe Carollo has come out publicly to denounce current City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado as being corrupt for accepting money and bribes from organized crime-Regalado is currently at war with Miami Police chief Miguel Exposito.
Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina is also running for Mayor of Miami-Dade county and he’s been plagued with negative media as well in connection with a rumored FBI probe that is focused on Robaina’s possible tax evasion, mortgage fraud and loan-sharking in connection with high interest loans issued by Robaina and his wife Raiza Villacis-Robaina. Read more here: IRS Probing Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina’s Loans
While officials claim that these so called “Maquinitas’, or slot machines are not games of chance, the recent arrests and seizures of these machines are undeniable, and now the age old rumor of Hialeah back room ‘casino-style speak-easies’ operating out of local businesses and in some instances, private residences, is once again coming to light. The City of Hialeah has long been seen as the ‘ OK Coral’ of Miami-Dade county with it’s history of corruption and very ‘shady’ politicians and their dealings. Sources are now saying that other current municipal and state politicians, as well as former ones, are under heavy scrutiny for possible ties with the illegal gaming situation in Hialeah and Miami.
The question being raised is whether or not Mayor Robaina has turned a blind eye to the existence of these illegal machines that are scattered throughout his city, and or how really involved is the Hialeah Police department is in enforcing laws that forbid this type of gaming within the City? Why hasn’t there been raids or investigation brought to light by either the Mayor or Police Department of Hialeah? More to come…