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Florida Department of Health Supervisor Sentenced to Prison for Accepting a Bribe

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

Florida Department of Health supervisor sentenced to prison for accepting a bribe.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office announce that

Johnson, 58, of Tamarac, was sentenced yesterday to five months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, after having previously pled guilty to extortion under color of official right, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

On June 22, 2015, Johnson was employed as a supervisor at the Broward County office of the Florida Department of Health, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Two home builders met Johnson while he was working at the Florida Department of Health office and paid the defendant $500 in exchange for sewage and water permits.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey N. Kaplan.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated February 1, 2017

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