South Miami police chief accused of ethics violations

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. - The police chief of South Miami was charged with violating ethics laws for steering city business to his wife's companies, according to the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust (COE).

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust accuses Orlando Martinez de Castro of violating South Miami's "prohibition on transacting business with the city," as well the County Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance's "prohibition on exploitation of official position."

According to the COE, in 2011, the South Miami Police Department contracted with Airways Auto Tag Agency, which owned by Ileana Martinez de Castro, the police chief's wife, for tags and titles for forfeiture vehicles. She also owns Beck & Lo's Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Last April, Chief de Castro used his city e-mail account to solicit business for his wife's agency.  

The case will proceed to a public hearing.

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