Monestime district coordinator appears in court

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. –Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s District Coordinator Jean Monestime appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Evelt Jeudy, accused in a public corruption case, wore an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer read some of the charges.

Attorney Arthur Jones represented Jeudy in bond court. Glazer reduced Jeudy’s bail from $148,000 to $99,000. Jones wanted it reduced further, but Glazer didn’t budge.

Glazer ordered Jeudy, who is Haitian American, to surrender his passport.

Jeudy’s alleged crimes date back to 2016. Monestime did not respond to questions about the case, and the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney’s Office did not issue the arrest warrant.

“As this case is now in the hands of the criminal justice system, I am not free to comment further,” Monestime said in a statement.

Correctional officers booked Jeudy, 59, shortly after midnight Friday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he remained Friday evening.

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Jeudy’s long list of charges includes racketeering, organized fraud, 15 counts of official misconduct, six counts of robbery and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.

After his arrest, correctional records showed Jeudy also faced four counts of official misconduct on 1/10/6, two counts of robbery, three counts of unlawfully filing a false document, five counts of using fraudulent use of an identity document, two counts of a notary who falsely takes an acknowledgment of an act, and four counts of fraudulent use of an identity document.

Jeudy also faced two counts of fraudulent use or possession with intent to use the personal identifying information of a deceased person or a dissolved business entity, conflict of interest/exploitation of official position, conflict of interest to solicit or demand a gift, and conflict of interest/disclose the gift.

Guadalupe Monarrez, Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor, contributed to this report.

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