Former Miami Port Official Indicted

MIAMI -- The U.S. States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida indicted Carmen Lunetta, who ran the Port of Miami for 17 years, for allegedly siphoning $1.5 million in public port funds for unauthorized uses.

According to the indictment, much of the diverted funds were from the port's gantry-crane revenues, not cruise operations.

Lunetta, who resigned in May 1997, was replaced last December by Charles Towsley, formerly the managing director of the Tampa Port Authority.

Two of Lunetta's associates also were indicted, federal prosecutors said.

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