Florida Democratic Mayor Joy Copper caught up in an FBI corruption sting and says she plans to fight the charges.
[Hallandale, Florida] Governor Rick Scott announced over the weekend the full suspension of Mayor Joy Cooper over the hefty list of federal charges against her.
The evidence against Cooper is reportedly overwhelming and years in the making. The Mayor, as well as a hand full of other officials, were caught in an FBI trap apparently nicknamed ‘Red Chip’. Cooper was baited into taking campaign ‘donations’ from a list of Russian names from supposed land developers. “I can assure you that I will vigorously fight these allegations in court,” Cooper said.
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order suspending Joy Cooper, the 57-year-old mayor of Hallandale Beach, a city just north of Miami after she was accused of accepting illegal campaign contributions through former attorney Alan Koslow.
The Miami Harold reported – On a summer day in 2012, the Hallandale Beach mayor met in her City Hall office with two men she thought were wealthy landowners from California as well as a close acquaintance, South Florida attorney and lobbyist Alan Koslow.
The landowners — FBI agents working undercover — would help finance Cooper’s re-election run. In return, she would push their construction project through the city commission.
Koslow showed the mayor a proposed donation and asked if it was a “good number.”
“No,” Cooper said. “Add a zero.”
“Three zeros. Is that fine?” Koslow responded. “Yes,” she said.
According to the affidavit, one of the undercover agents met with Cooper at the Flashback Diner and pledged that the contributions to Cooper’s campaign would be in the form of checks from a “bunch of Russian names.” Koslow later told an undercover agent that he personally handed Cooper 20 checks at a Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce fashion show, Local ABC 10 reported.