Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi wins court appeal to have town cover his legal fees

Taxpayers to cover court fees of former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi

By David Dwork - Digital Editor

MIAMI - Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi had a big win in court Wednesday. 

Five years ago, Pizzi was acquitted in a federal corruption case. The FBI arrested him and accused him of accepting bribe money upwards of $6,000.

Pizzi was eventually reinstated as mayor following a lengthy court battle with the town of Miami Lakes and former Florida Gov. Rick Scott. 

Pizzi then sued the town for at least $2.5 million to cover his mounting legal fees.

A Miami appeals court ruled Wednesday in Pizzi's favor, overturning a previous ruling that quashed his lawsuit against the town. 

Following his reinstatement as mayor, Pizzi ran for re-election in 2015 and lost. 

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