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Miami Chief Says He Was Offered Bribe to Resign


Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito says he was offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to leave his job in January.

"I was presented with a check for $200,000 with the understanding that I would get an additional $200,000 once I retire," said Exposito.

Miami's top cop says he considered the money a bribe and wouldn't take it.

"I told them I wasn't interested. This could be the focus of an investigation," Exposito said.

Exposito won't reveal who offered him the cash to leave, but he says it was a high-ranking city official.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says he knew nothing of the alleged bribe. Local 10's Ben Kennedy asked Regalado if he orchestrated a plan to move the police chief out in January.

"No, I think that what happened was that somebody reached out to someone in the administration and they informed me. If they have a resolution to this problem, that's fine by me. I don't approve of packages. I don't deal with personal matters," Regalado said.

Regalado says he wants to know why the chief waited six months to report the incident. Exposito says it would be naïve to think he didn't report what happened before this week.

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