Notice To CRE Property Owners: Trying To Bribe Miami Inspectors Will Land You In Jail

Jun 07, 2015 No Comments by

The owner of a downtown Miami office building pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for stuffing cash in a city fire inspector’s pocket to make code violations go away.

Dvir Derhy is facing up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled Aug. 26 before U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke.

Derhy was accused of repeatedly bribing fire inspectors to remove code violations recorded against the Flagler Building at 223 E. Flagler St. The violations cited blocked exits.

In June 2014, prosecutors said Derhy attempted to slip money into an inspector’s shirt pocket, calling it a “donation to the city.”

The inspector reported the incident and returned a few weeks later with an undercover federal agent. That’s when Derhy handed over an envelope with $10,000 in cash to “clear everything.”

Derhy was arrested May 8 and released on $100,000 bond. As part of his plea, he agreed to forfeit the bribe money and faces a possible $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry C. Wallace Jr. is the prosecutor. Andrew Levi, a partner at Lehr Levi & Mendez in Miami, represented the defendant.

 

Source:  DBR

 

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