Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle and Special Agent in Charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Troy Walker announced that former Sweetwater Commissioner Sophia Lacayo has pleaded guilty to perjury, for having lied in the declaration of the place where he resided at the time of his application.
Lacayo was elected in May 2019. However, she did not actually reside within the city limits, a requirement to run for office. In her submitted Affulusit of Residency, Lacayo officially swore that she lived at 11132 SW 7th Street when in fact she resided at an address in an unincorporated Miami-Dade area. The owner of the SW 7th street address also verified that Lacayo did not reside on the property.
“Deliberately swearing false information to run for a seat on the City Commission, as happened here, is a deception of the voters who believed in the candidate,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Such deliberate action can never have a good result for a city.”
Sophia Lacayo pleaded guilty to the perjury charge when not in official proceeding, a first degree misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year of probation in County Court through the Advocates Program.
According to the prosecutor’s office Fernández Rundle, as part of his guilty plea, Lacayo resigned this Monday from the Sweetwater City Commission and is prohibited from running for public office during the period of his probation. There will be no early termination of probation. Additionally, you will take an ethics course with the Miami-Dade Ethics and Public Trust Commission and pay various research cost recovery fees.