MiamiHerald / Add a new name to the strange cast of characters caught up in the downfall of Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco.
Petter Smedvig Hagland, a member of a billionaire Norwegian shipping-and-oil family, has been contacted by Miami-Dade public corruption investigators seeking to track foreign money they believe was illegally funneled into People for Better Leaders, a fundraising group tied to Grieco’s campaign.
Hagland, 37, might have knowledge of a $25,000 donation to the political action committee, according to sources familiar with him and the ongoing state investigation. Hagland lives primarily in London and Stavanger, Norway. He has invested millions in Miami Beach real estate, although with poor results: He took a bath on one deal and is involved in litigation over another.
The $25,000 donation, made in the name of Miami Realtor Tony Rodriguez-Tellaheche , was the single largest contribution People for Better Leaders received. Rodriguez-Tellaheche’s realty firm represented Hagland in real estate transactions on the Beach.