Former Orlando-Orange Expressway Authority member pleads guilty

Published On: Jun 03 2014 04:52:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2014 12:31:39 PM EDT

A former Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member pleaded guilty to violating Florida's open meetings law.

Marco Pena didn't appear in court Wednesday, but his attorney entered a plea on his behalf to the misdemeanor count of violating Florida's Sunshine Law. As part of the plea agreement, Pena is avoiding jail time and probation, paying a $500 fine and will not try to seal his court file.

State attorney's office Executive Director Richard Wallsh declined to provide details on Pena's crime, citing on an ongoing grand jury that was meeting Wednesday.

Pena was appointed to the board last year by Gov. Rick Scott.

Pena resigned last month, shortly after another board member, Scott Batterson, was indicted on felony bribery and two felony counts of solicitation for receiving unlawful compensation.


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