Mayor tries to pay $4,000 fine with coins

HIALEAH, Fla. -- A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels to pay a $4,000 ethics fine. The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust doubled the fine for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, saying he intentionally broke the rules because he knew the panel accepted only checks. The commission ruled in July that Hernandez lied about interest rates on a $180,000 loan to a salesman jailed for a pyramid scheme.

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