Here in Broward County, Florida, the State Attorney’s Office has filed seven counts of unlawful compensation against a former County Commissioner. She resigned from her post on July 6 after she learned there was a warrant out for her arrest. After turning herself in to Broward Main Jail, she was released on $24,500 bail.
According to the felony charges, the Broward woman voted at least a dozen times in favor of grants prepared by her husband, who received bonuses totaling $45,000 for his work on those grants. The grants were written on behalf of the town of Southwest Ranches.
If convicted, the felonies carry a maximum penalty of 75 years in jail and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. However, because she does not have a criminal record, it’s unlikely that she would be given the maximum sentence. She has two local attorneys representing her, one of whom has launched a legal defense fund to help her pay legal fees.
Source: Legal defense fund launched for former Broward commissioner, South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 26, 2010
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