How Commissioner Koons is Avoiding Prison Time
According to WPTV News Channel 5, Palm Beach County Commissioner John “Jeff” Koons was arrested Tuesday and charged with extortion, perjury (when not in official proceeding), and violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law.
Koons, a Democrat, has been pushing the South Cove project. The South Cove project is a waterfront environmental project in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The project includes the creation of a manmade island located just east of Flagler Drive to ignite healthy marine life, and the construction of an elevated boardwalk connecting to Flagler Drive, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The South Cove project was scheduled to be reviewed by the City of West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee and the West Palm Beach City Commission. The issue pending before the West Palm Beach City Commission is the approval of a permit to attach the boardwalk to city property near the south portion of the project.
The boardwalk connection to city property, is opposed by the Johnsons, a family who owns a commercial building located just west of the project site. Koons allegedly made repeated extortionate threats towards the Johnsons about their opposition, according to the affidavit.
The State Attorney’s Office obtained a transcript of a voice message left by Koons on the Johnson’s agent’s cell phone.
Koons had stated:
“I’m going to go door to door to every tenant in their building and throw them under the ******* bus. I’m going to say they want a marina out here versus a public island… I’m gonna see if I’ve got a banking relationship with anybody in there. I want this done and it’s a personal thing for me.”
Koons is the sixth commissioner in recent years to be charged with criminal activity.
If you have been charged with any criminal activity, ranging from extortion and perjury, to assault or drug crimes, have a criminal defense attorney on your side. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help you build a strong defense to lessen your charges and maintain your reputation.
Koons’ criminal defense lawyer has his work cut out for him. Koons may have a plea deal to possibly avoid any prison time at all on charges that could have cost him 16 years imprisonment.