|Published:||Sep 23, 2013 11:18 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 24, 2013 7:58 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The United States Department of Justice reports Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is pleading guilty to one charge of wire fraud.
A plea agreement filed in District Court shows Hall diverted and embezzled nearly $34,000 in donor contributions and used them for personal expenses.
Authorities say this happened between November 2009 and November 2010, during her bid for re-election.
Hall reportedly did not report certain campaign contributions and also electronically transferred funds from her campaign account to her personal account. Hall faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.
Hall has announced her resignation from the Board of County Commissioners effective as of Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5 p.m. She had earlier announced that she would not be seeking reelection. Chairman Cecil Pendergrass will notify Governor Scott's office immediately and ask him to appoint someone to fill the seat until the general election in November, 2014. Stay tuned to WINK News for this developing story.