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LOOSE LIPS SINK JOB FOR SUSPENDED MANATEE PROSECUTOR

A local prosecutor, suspended after his brother tried to solicit a bribe from two criminal suspects, has been fired.

Andrew Mikos, an assistant state attorney in Manatee County since 2004, shared sensitive case information with his 31-year-old brother, David Mikos, said Dennis Nales, chief assistant state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office.

Andrew Mikos had been suspended with pay since last week after Bradenton Beach police started a criminal investigation into allegations that his brother tried to solicit a bribe from defendants in a drug case Mikos was prosecuting.

A Bradenton Beach police sergeant questioned David Mikos on Feb. 14 about allegations that he showed up on the doorsteps of a Bradenton Beach home, reportedly offering to use his connection with his brother to have the charges dropped.

Bradenton Beach police cleared Andrew Mikos of criminal wrongdoing, but they recommended that David Mikos be charged with solicitation of grand theft. Police say Mikos made a one-time offer: In exchange for $1,000, he would arrange for prosecutors to drop drug charges.

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