Acquitted commissioner returns to work

Patricia Atkins-Grad acquitted for bribery charges in December

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TAMARAC, Fla. - Patricia Atkins-Grad, who was acquitted of bribery charges last year, returned to work as a Tamarac commissioner.

Atkins-Grad declined comment to Local 10's Roger Lohse while leaving a commission workshop on Monday morning. She sat next to commissioner Diane Glasser, who previously worked as Atkin-Grad's campaign manager and testified against her during the public corruption trial.

She was charged with six felony counts, including two counts of bribery, in June 2010, and was acquitted of all charges on Dec. 11th.

During the trial, convicted real estate developers Bruce and Shawn Chait testified that they paid $6,300 in exchange for Atkin-Grad's vote. The pair was seeking city approval to develop two golf courses in Tamarac between 2005 and 2010. Atkins-Grad declined to testify.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order revoking her suspension last month.

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