TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) - A Tamarac city commissioner who had been suspended for more than two years has been reinstated after being acquitted of corruption charges.
Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on Tuesday that returned 66-year-old Patricia Atkins-Grad to office. Her term ends in November 2014.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://sunsent.nl/R5n1za ) reports that Atkins-Grad will be able to claim back pay and other benefits. She can now also ask the city commission to vote to have taxpayers reimburse her for the legal costs of her defense.
A Broward County jury found Atkins-Grad not guilty last week of eight felony charges, including bribery and unlawful compensation,
She was suspended in June 2010, after prosecutors claimed Atkins-Grad allowed developers to pay for her car and election victory party in exchange for her support.
Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), http://www.sun sentinel.com
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