Former Commissioner Convicted Of Bribery

Fitzroy Salesman Shown On Hidden Camera Video Taking Cash

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former Miramar Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman is the man seen and heard on a hidden camera video released Tuesday.

At one point, the video clearly shows Salesman taking a wad of cash from a man he thought was a contractor. It turns out he was an FBI agent.

"I'm more than happy to compensate you for your energy, but I need to hear from you we can do it or we can't," the agent says on the tape.

The video was among the evidence presented by prosecutors in the federal case against Salesman. The former Miramar commissioner was convicted Tuesday of pocketing money to steer city contracts. Prosecutors said there were two bribes, one for $340 and another for $3,000.

"We thought the two and a half year investigation showed someone being entrapped, cajoled, played like a puppet by the government. The jury disagreed," Salesman?s attorney told Local 10.

"We conducted a full and fair investigation of Mr. Salesman and the jury by its verdict agrees with that," said the prosecutor.

Salesman, 53, was found not guilty of two counts of honest services fraud, and he was suspended from office when the cash was accepted. But he was found guilty on the two counts of bribery and two counts of extortion.

This isn't the only guilty verdict for Salesman in recent years. In May, Salesman was sentenced to 30 days in jail and put on probation for a year after pulling out his gun inside a Miramar Winn-Dixie in November 2007.

Salesman faces up to 60 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

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