Suspended Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion Jr. turned himself in to prosecutors on Thursday on state corruption charges.
Eggelletion surrendered to authorities Thursday at the Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale on one count of unlawful compensation, according to Ron Ishoy, a spokesman at the Broward State Attorney’s Office.
The charge is related to a $3,200 golf membership that Shawn Chait, an employee of Prestige Homes of South Florida, Inc. and the son of the company’s president, paid to the Parkland Golf & Country Club.
Prosecutors say the payment was in exchange for nearly three years of favorable treatment for Prestige Homes on business before the county commission.
Tim Donnelly, head of the Broward State Attorney's Office special prosecutions unit, said the new charge against Eggelletion is part of an ongoing public-corruption investigation.
Federal agents also arrested Eggelletion on Sept. 23 in connection with an unrelated money-laundering scheme that also netted Broward School Board Member Beverly Gallagher and former Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman. Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Eggelletion after that arrest.