North Bay Village Mayor Corina Esquijarosa is once again in trouble, this time via a criminal investigation started by Miami-Dade prosecutors. According to records, Esquijarosa claimed a homeowner’s tax break on a condominium where she did not reside. Prosecutors have filed a search warrant and are looking into charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud, but as of today, no charges have been filed.
Esquijarosa’s problems stem from a 2009 and 2010 claim of a 50,000 homestead exemption for a condominium. She was however not living in the property in Miami, but was living in North Bay Village.
Last week, her records were seized from the Miami-Dade property appraiser’s office and she was also hit with a $500 fine by Miami-Dade’s Commission on Ethics and Public Trust for not publicly disclosing her income on her campaign disclosure forms.
In an article in the Miami Herald, her attorney Ben Kuehne stated that Esquijarosa has publicly apologized for the condo issue and will “absolutely explain her mistakes to any appropriate authorities.”
But this seems to only irate the citizens of North Bay Village. Former NBV commissioner Al Blake gathered over 500 signatures to get the Mayor recalled.
“She should be ashamed!” said Marvin Broom, a NBV resident new to the area. “How can someone who we are supposed to trust, make so many foolish choices. I don’t want someone like that running my city.”