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Date of Issue: May 28, 2008

Arrest made in Bradenton Beach bribery, drug case

The brother of a former Manatee prosecutor has been arrested on a charge he tried to use his family connection to solicit a bribe from a couple facing drug charges.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested David Mikos, 31, April 25 on a warrant from Bradenton Beach charging him with solicitation of grand theft, according to Bradenton Beach Sgt. Lenard Diaz.

Bradenton Beach police asked for Mikos to be charged in February. Mikos is the brother of Andrew Mikos, a Manatee prosecutor at the time.

Police reports state that on Feb. 14, David Mikos went to the home of a Bradenton Beach couple facing marijuana charges. Mikos' brother, Andrew, was the prosecutor on the case.

David Mikos asked the couple for $1,000 to arrange to have their case dropped. Police were eventually called to the scene and began investigating.

Andrew Mikos was fired from the state attorney's office a week after the incident for sharing sensitive case material with his brother, officials said.

David Mikos was being held in the Hillsborough County jail Friday on $15,000 bond.

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com contributed to this story.