A jury convicted suspended Deerfield Beach Commissioner Sylvia Poitier today on four misdemeanor counts of falsifying public records.
Poitier, 76, was arrested in April on five charges of falsifying documents -- which were related to a loan to her brother, who was part of a city-tied organization -- although the fifth count was dismissed by the judge during the trial.
Since Deerfield gadfly Chaz Stevens is the one who filed the complaints against her, he wins a free quote: "After four decades in office, her lies finally caught up with her. I came, I saw, I kicked her ass," he tells the Pulp.
The five misdemeanor charges against Poitier weren't a direct result of the aforementioned loan from her brother but what she allegedly did after that.
According to her arrest affidavit, in May 2006, Poitier proposed sending a $30,000 grant to the Westside Deerfield Businessman Association -- the same agency her brother had loaned $46,000 to -- and then voted on the proposal without any disclosure of the relationship or filing of the necessary paperwork.
The trial lasted only three days, and while she was likely to be sentenced today, Poitier's attorney is attempting to appeal the convictions.
Click here for more background on the Poitier case.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.