A peculiar international fracas between the United States, Bolivia, and two men who have now been forcibly expatriated from Bolivia is taking place in the federal courts here in Florida. In 2011, a Bolivian businessman who owns the majority of Aerosur Airlines, filed a petition for asylum in the U.S.
Is public corruption rampant in Florida's small towns? The FBI seems to think so, considering that it has been investigating Florida mayors and lobbyists for two years after receiving a single, confidential tip. This week, that FBI sting operation resulted in two South Florida mayors and two lobbyists being charged with conspiracy to commit extortion in their official roles after they allegedly accepted kickbacks in return for shepherding supposedly fraudulent federal grant applications through the system and lying about it.