Photo: Miami Herald
The big news yesterday was the arrest of North Miami Senior High School’s Adult Education Center principal, Jean Coty Ridore, on corruption charges, including “grand theft, unlawful compensation and official misconduct,” according to NBC Miami.
This newest North Miami scandal even received an honorable mention today in Marc Caputo’s POLITICO Florida Playbook, sandwiched between recaps of stories about who Marco Rubio follows on Twitter, marijuana decriminalization in Broward County and pythons in the Evergades.
In a scheme that’s more common than most people realize (although we may soon find out just how common it is), Ridore arranged to “hire” a handyman and place him on the payroll of the high school (without actually working there) in exchange for half his salary. Both Ridore and the handyman would illegally receive half of a public salary of a “ghost employee” that neither of them actually earned. Continue reading