A pool contractor has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after admitting he stole millions of dollars worth of pool chlorine from a pool in a city that’s now in foreclosure.
Markus Vassal, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of pool chemicals and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft.
He faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Vassal said he sold chlorine to a Chinese company that bought it from a contractor in 2012.
Vasco-Gonzalez Pool in Fort Lauderdale said Vassol’s plea agreement is the first criminal conviction in its history.
The Fort Lauderdale City Attorney’s Office said it had no comment on Vassals criminal record and declined to comment further.
Fort Lauderdale is a small community of about 1,000 people.
Varsol said he took about $15,000 from the Chinese company to pay his debts.
He said he would donate the money to the city.
Fort, like many other small Florida cities, has been in foreclosure since the financial crisis, leaving many in debt.
The City of Fort Lauderdale has a long history of foreclosure.
In 2006, the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection after the collapse of the housing market.