A former mayor and a lobbyist turned FBI informant will head into a Miami federal courtroom this morning.
Miami Lake's former Mayor Michael Pizzi and lobbyist Richard Candia are scheduled to be arraigned today on corruption charges.
Federal investigators say Pizzi accepted thousands of dollars in kickbacks from FBI agents posing as businessmen looking to get grants.
It was Candia who introduced Pizzi to the feds; by that point he had flipped sides and was working with the government.
Both men are charged with conspiring to commit extortion.
Pizzi keeps saying he's innocent and wants to prove it to a jury.
However, Candia may work out a plea deal.
Both Sweetwater's former mayor and a second lobbyist, who were arrested as a part of the same sting, are expected to admit to conspiring to commit honest service fraud.
Last week they plead not guilty to those charges in Miami federal court.
That charge carries with it up to a five-year prison sentence.
Conspiracy to commit extortion could land someone behind bars for 20-years.