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North Miami mayor to be indicted in mortgage fraud case, sources tell newspaper

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North Miami's mayor may be out of town Monday, but her trip won't last long.

Federal agents went searching for North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau early Monday to charge her with mortgage fraud, according to the Miami Herald.

She is currently out of town on "official city business," her defense attorney Ben Kuehne told the Herald.

Tondreau has been charged -- along with other suspects -- in a criminal conspiracy case that may be unsealed Monday afternoon, sources told the Herald. So far, only one defendant is scheduled for a first appearance in Miami federal court.

Tondreau, the city's first-ever Haitian-American female mayor, was elected last June.

Kuehne told the Herald his client called him after family members notified her that FBI agents had come to her home with an arrest warrant -- but she was not in town.

Kuehne is working on having her "surrender voluntarily," he told the Herald.

The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment to the Herald.

Tondreau is also being investigated in a separate probe.

Last year, state prosecutors tied online absentee ballot requests made in bulk to her campaign office. Florida law "prohibits ballot requests to come from anyone other than voters themselves or their family," according to the Herald.

She has denied any wrongdoing in the case.

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Kelly Cohen

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The Washington Examiner