Steve Bateman: Homestead mayor arrested on illegal compensation charges

MIAMI, Fla. - The mayor of Homestead has been arrested on illegal compensation charges stemming from a secret consulting job he had with a Florida health clinic company.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's office said Wednesday that 58-year-old Steve Bateman was arrested at his home. The investigation centers on Bateman's $125-an-hour gig with Community Health of South Florida Inc. The company was seeking approval from the Homestead city council to expand in the city.

Authorities say Bateman never disclosed his consulting work. They also say Bateman sought county approval for sewer improvements for the health clinic without disclosing his job with the company.

Bateman is the third mayor in Miami-Dade County arrested on corruption or ethics charges in recent weeks. Court records did not list an attorney for him Wednesday morning.

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