Former Florida Representative Dwayne Taylor, Democrat from Daytona Beach has been convicted of nine counts of wire fraud.
Taylor will receive his sentence on November 16, where he could be given a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
The evidence presented during Taylor’s trial indicated while Taylor was campaigning in 2012 and again in 2014, he falsified campaign reports by thousands of dollars. The state of Florida requires individuals seeking office to keep clear records of donations and expenditures.
The case against Taylor states he filed false reports to conceal the misappropriation of more than $60,000. According to the evidence given in court, Taylor used the misappropriated funds for personal use.
Florida law says all campaign donations and spending must be reported to the state of Florida via the Department of State. A candidate or the candidate’s spouse may use the campaign funds for non-campaign related living expenses for the candidate nor family members. But expenses for transportation, meals and lodging during the campaign, while on campaign business can be paid for out of the campaign account.
“These types of crimes erode the public trust in our elected officials. This conviction sends a clear message that such acts will not be tolerated and that we will hold anyone who breaks the law accountable for their actions.,” said acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was the lead agency investigating.