Miami police chief wore FBI wire before firing

State Attorney found no wrongdoing in Exposito's ouster

Author: Neki Mohan, Reporter, Anchor, nmohan@Local10.com
Published On: Jul 27 2012 06:51:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2012 06:55:01 PM EDT
Miguel Exposito
MIAMI -

Former Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito wore an FBI wire in January of last year to try and catch city officials in a bribe.

The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's office has found no official wrongdoing on the part of city officials when they offered Exposito a settlement in return for his resignation in January of 2011.

Audio recordings of conversations between Exposito and former City Manager Tony Crapp and CFO Larry Spring were released Friday. They were recorded during private meetings and phone conversations on January 12, 2011. Exposito and city officials had agreed he would take a settlement of $400,000.

Exposito was ousted by Miami City Commissioners in September 2011 for insubordination. He had a tumultuous two years in office, and fought publicly with Mayor Tomas Regalado.
His administration came under scrutiny after several police involved shootings in 2010 and 2011.

He is now fighting to get is job back. His attorney has just sent his case to the Third District Court of Appeals; no decision has been made as to whether they will hear it.