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LUIS CABRERA WANTS $11,000
AFTER REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR, AND LYING UNDER OATH TO THE ETHICS COMMISSION, LUIS CABRERA WANTS THE TAXPAYERS TO REIMBURSE HIM $11,000 FOR THE MONEY HE SUPPOSEDLY PAID A LAWYER TO DEFEND HIM AGAINST THE ETHICS COMMISSION

Here’s the down and dirty version of this story.


In March of 2014, approximately 3 months after arriving in Miami, then Acting Assistant City Manager/Deputy Chief of Police Luis Cabrera’s half-brother Juan Cabrera, unable to speak, read or write English, showed up at the offices of the Miami Parks & Recreation Department with a completed application for a job that had never been advertised.


The Parks and Recreation Department was one of the departments under Luis Cabrera supervision, and as described in several interviews with employees and depositions with the Cabrera brothers and former Park’s Director Juan Pascual, there was a contradiction between the recollections of the then Park’s Director, various employees in the department and Luis Cabrera as to how his half-brother, along with his wife who also got a lesser part-time temp job in the Parks Department - managed to get hired as a Park’s Department Inspector.  The job came with a city car.


Under oath, Luis Cabrera stated that he was clueless that his half-bother even worked for the city until a Park’s employee complained about it 7 months after he had been hired.


“L. Cabrera claimed that the first time he heard about J. C. Cabrera being hired by the City was at the City Commission meeting where Yamilet Marreno (Marreno) made her presentation claiming that she was passed over for promotion so that L. Cabrera’s relatives could get their jobs.”


The Prosecutor for the Ethics Commission told the members of that Commission during the probable Cause hearing it was his opinion that he was lied to by a number of people involved in this deal.


“I disagree with my colleagues here,” (referring to Cabrera’s lawyer and Assistant City Attorney George Wysong, who were in attendance at the closed door hearing), “by saying the only people I thought dishonest here were the two people who got the job, I think they were lying FLAT OUT...I don’t want to give the impression that the only people I didn’t believe were those two people applying for the job. They certainly were complicit and guided along through the process, there’s no question about it.”


Among the people who lied to him under oath was Luis Cabrera.  It’s evident from the transcripts and statements made by all of the other people interviewed, including Cabrera himself.


In addition, Luis Cabrera initially refused to cooperate with the investigation. It took a subpoena by the Ethics Commission for him to show up for a deposition with the lawyer he now claims he wants the City to pay $11,000 for representing him.


When he was questioned under oath, Luis Cabrera - who is now once again the Deputy Chief of Police - gave a convincing imitation of a Mafia gangster appearing before a Congressional Committee investigating organized crime by claiming repeatedly that, “I don’t know,” or “I don’t recall,” to numerous questions surrounding the circumstances of his half-brother’s hiring and also questions dealing with his operational responsibilities as an Assistant City Manager in charge of overseeing the operation of the Parks Department.


The Ethics Commission chose the easiest way out of this mess by claiming that they did not have legal jurisdiction to investigate the charge of Nepotism, but they referred this issue to the City of Miami, because the City does have an Anti-Nepotism policy.


Of course, no one did so, and instead, Cabrera will show up at the City Commission on Thursday arguing that even though he refused to step forward and cooperate with the investigation as detailed in the Executive Summary of the Independent Auditor’s Report issued on April 25, 2014,

he’s entitled to $11,000 of taxpayer money for his lawyer.  The real truth though is that everyone with any knowledge of this incident knows that Luis Cabrera did in fact pull the strings that allowed his non English speaking, reading and writing half-brother to get a cushy job in the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department.


It’s the Banana Republic of Regaladoland, Bitches!


For those who missed my original story about the Ethics Commission “investigation,” with references to the depositions, interviews and copies of the Auditor’s and Commission’s Close Out Memo, click HERE.