Commissioner to serve 5-year Prison Sentence for Land Deals
Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Tony Masilotti turned
himself in to authorities August 10, 2007 to begin serving a five-year
prison sentence for a public corruption charge. Masilotti was
sentenced to federal prison for his role in a number of illegal land
deals worth at least $9 million.
Masilotti admitted he crossed the line in inappropriate land deals in
his one-page letter of resignation dated October 27/
"Eventually, I will plead guilty," he wrote.
Three days after Masilotti’s resignation, the corruption charge
against him was announced.
As part of his plea agreement, the former chairman agreed to forfeit
two parcels of real estate worth approximately $9 million and $175,000
in cash. Masilotti assembled a real estate portfolio worth $7 million
to $20 million through a series of tainted land deals where Masilotti
schemed to use his influence as a county commissioner, prosecutors
said. None of those assets had been reported on the commissioner's
state-required financial disclosure reports.
Masilotti moved to Palm Beach County in the late 1970's. He
operated an insurance office in Royal Palm Beach, eventually becoming
that city's mayor in 1992.
He won Palm Beach County's District 6 county commission seat in
1998. He resigned from that seat last October, three days before the
corruption charge was announced
Though he admitted his guilt in the
deals, Masilotti told WPBF-TV reporters that he did not feel bad about
"The business deals were legitimate," he said after his court
appearance. "I just didn't realize not disclosing them was a big
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