SAO spokesman Ron Ishoy sent out this release:
The Broward State Attorney's Office has obtained a warrant for the arrest of Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin.
The warrant lists seven counts of Unlawful Compensation for improperly advocating for, and benefiting from, numerous
In her resignation letter, posted by the Sun-Sentinel, she writes:
"I intend to vigorously defend myself against these charges and see myself vindicated in court. To do so; however, will require that I devote myself full-time to working to prove my innocence in the months ahead. This, combined with my debilitating illness, will require every measure of physical and emotional strength I can muster... For that reason, I regret that I must tender my resignation..."
Rumors were hot and heavy in May that Wasserman-Rubin -- who spent 12 years as a Broward School Board member before elected to the commission in 2000 -- would be charged then. The reason for the delay isn't known. Wasserman-Rubin, said to be shocked at the investigation, aborted her reelection bid earlier this year. Richard Rubin also worked for county lobbyist George Platt's firm Shutts and Bowen and the government-contract-snaring engineering firm Craven Thompson while his wife was a commissioner.
When I contacted her attorney, Bruce Udolf, earlier today, he refused comment.
After the jump, some telling photos from Wasserman-Rubin's campaign kickoff.
Here's Wasserman-Rubin with lobbyist Neil Sterling, who along with cohort Barbara Miller, got a stranglehold on the Broward County School Board, where Wasserman-Rubin previously served.