MIAMI — Five people have been charged in a $5.2 million fraud case involving the purchase of thousands of lighting fixtures for Miami International Airport.
Federal court documents filed Friday show 46-year-old Ivan Valdes, a maintenance division director for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department, is charged with theft from a program that receives federal funds. Valdes is also facing state bribery, bid tampering and other charges.
He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence in the federal case and additional prison time on the state charges. His attorney declined comment in an email Friday.
Prosecutors say Valdes conspired with lighting company executives and other airport employees to receive kickbacks from the rigged purchase of more than 9,000 lighting fixtures over a five-year period. The other four defendants face various fraud conspiracy charges.