Public embarrassment continues for North Miami mayor Andre Pierre who just last week was lambasted for giving the key to the city to the Kardashian sisters.
Tuesday the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust released a report alleging that Pierre exploited his position when he used a municipal athletic field without paying almost $40,000 in rental fees.
Pierre’s group, the North Miami Taxpayers Soccer Club, played more than 100 times at North Miami Athletic Stadium between October 2009 and January 2012, according to the report.
This despite a 2010 resolution unanimously passed by the North Miami City Council that waived fees for city parks only for non-profit groups and only once a year.
Through his attorney, Pierre denied fault claiming he followed "proper protocol by utilizing the facility for 'pick-up soccer games' and claimed the usage was consistent with `community service' activities of the city."
The Miami Herald found that the North Miami Taxpayers Soccer Club's unpaid fees amounted to $29,000 between October 2009 and September 2011 while NBC Miami found the total loss in fees closer to $40,000.
"Administration at all levels was complicit, and they knew that it was going on and decided to ignore the laws of the city just to allow a bunch of guys to play soccer," North Miami Council member Scott Galvin told NBC Miami.
Pierre's mayoral career has been full of controversies that go way beyond soccer and the Kardashians.
In January, he referred to one of North Miami Councilman Michael Blynn's daughters as a prostitute and then demanded that Blynn's outraged wife be removed from the room.
The mayor had the gall to hold foreclosure prevention workshops even though his own house was in foreclosure at the time.
He also supported giving a $270,000 streetscaping contract to a racketeering suspect, and even called the suspect's criminal past "a nonissue."
Pierre also faced allegations in October that he falsified campaign reports involving the cost of bus bench ads as well as a billboard.
His nephew and campaign manager, Ricardo Brutus, was previously arrested for taking cash in exchange for promises to influence city council votes.