Opa Locka Mayor and husband under investigation for corruption

Opa Locka mayor Myra Taylor

Opa Locka Mayor Myra Taylor and her husband, Bishop John Taylor, are under investigation for corruption by federal authorities for allegedly arranging kickbacks from the city’s sewer pump station project.

Testimony claims the couple was pressuring new city manager Steve Shiver to provide $150,000 in kickbacks to Bishop Taylor for a new church in Miami Gardens.

In 2004, the couple was arrested on federal charges of tax fraud, forcing the mayor from office until she was placed on probation and could win back her coveted post.

After her re-election in 2010, her husband and two other family members were arrested on criminal campaign charges, followed by the bishop’s eviction last year from his church by Miami-Dade police amid crushing debts.

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