Michael Grieco, a former Miami Beach commissioner and current candidate for Florida’s House of Representatives, was lying to the public when he denied involvement in a campaign fundraising operation last year and beseeched Miami Herald reporters to “look right into [his] soul” for the truth, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust alleged Wednesday.

In a closed-door meeting, the ethics commission found probable cause to charge Grieco with two counts of violating a Miami-Dade County charter provision that prohibits officials from “knowingly furnish[ing] false information on any public matter.” The commission also said Grieco broke a Miami Beach ethics ordinance against soliciting city vendors for campaign funds.

Grieco, who faces voters in a late August Democratic primary, has 21 days to dispute the charges and ask for a hearing, or settle the matter with an admission of guilt. Last year, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor violation of Florida’s campaign finance laws over the scandal. He was forced to drop a well-supported campaign for Beach mayor and resign from the commission. As part of his plea deal with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, he was also banned from running for public office for six months.

In an emailed

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