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Grand Jury Indicts Michelle Spence-Jones

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Today, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury indicted suspended City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones for soliciting money from involved parties in the 2006 attempt to extend the name of Brickell Avenue further north along SE 2nd Avenue in downtown Miami.

MDM Hotel Group, Inc., the developers of the Metropolitan Miami office and residential complex in the affected area and the Codina Group Inc., were solicited by then sitting Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to donate funds to a particular entity after a contentious March 23, 2006 City Commission meeting wherein the issue was deferred to the next Commission meeting for a final vote.

In the interim, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones solicited the sum of $25,000 and ultimately deposited those funds into an account accessible to Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones. She was indicted on the charge of Bribery, a 2nd degree felony. Additionally, Michelle Spence-Jones was also indicted today on the pending charge of Grand Theft 2nd degree, for which she had been previously charged via information on November 13, 2009.

There will be no formal press conference relating to these actions of the Grand Jury. However, State Attorney Fernandez Rundle will be available for comment between the hours of 4:30 to 6:00 PM this afternoon.

Grand Jury. However, State Attorney Fernandez Rundle will be available for comment between the hours of 4:30 to 6:00 PM this afternoon.

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