Published: Oct 03, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 03, 2013 6:08 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Former Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of wire fraud.

Hall recently resigned from her seat on the Board of Commissioners after it became public that she transferred $34,000 in campaign money to her personal account in early 2010 and used it to pay her mortgage and for purchases at department stores.

There will be a pre-sentence investigation that will take at least two months. That will be followed by a sentencing hearing.

Hall could face up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000, but since she is cooperating and pleading guilty to her fraud charge, her penalties could be reduced.

In the meantime, candidates are stepping forward to take Hall's place. Our partners at the News-Press report the latest candidate list from the Governor's office has 22 names.