A parking cop in Miami Beach, Florida has been arrested following a sting operation which revealed he’s been extorting a local valet business for $1000 a month.
In return for the money, he neglected to write the company up for parking violations.
See news coverage from CBD Miami here:
When the city’s parking director received a tip that Dante Zirio, 57, was involved in a bribery scheme, they began watching him.
BEACH BRIBE – Police arrested Miami Beach parking enforcement officer Dante Zirio for allegedly demanding money from a valet company in exchange for not issuing tickets. https://t.co/8V305WOu5y
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) December 16, 2019
The police enlisted the help of APS Parking LLC, whose owner gave Diaz a $750 payment on video as part of the operation.
Miami- always Crooked! pic.twitter.com/vIW9jX0MgK
— Steve (@SteveOStereo) December 16, 2019
Shortly thereafter, Diaz was under arrest for charges of “extortion, bribery and accepting an unlawful compensation for official behavior.”
Implement a tax, people will find a way to avoid it.
— hellothere333 (@hellothere3332) December 16, 2019
Typical day in #Miami 🌴 ^^
— Raynel1 (@Raynel_1) December 16, 2019
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales sent an email to the city’s mayor, saying:
“It’s a sad day when a public official engages in such behavior, but it is good to know that internally we did the right thing to identify and arrest the perpetrator.”
Can't make this up. https://t.co/ip8lmZ6MP8
— Chris Jones (@justcantmakeup) December 17, 2019
— TheSemiPositiveSoFloDriver (@TSPSFdriver) December 16, 2019
Morales also indicated that Zirio seemed to be acting on his own while committing these crimes, but urged officers to continue investigating just to be certain.
“We will not tolerate any act of bribery or public corruption in the City of Miami Beach.”
Definitely he must have committed lots of crimes like this for the 20years, under the cover of the uniform
— kaytoned (@kaytoned) December 16, 2019
Zirio has been a Miami Beach public employee for 20 years. His employment status will be decided after a “pre-disciplinary” hearing on Monday, December 23.
It’s more than likely his days as a traffic cop are now behind him.