Former State Rep. Convicted on Fraud Charges

A federal jury found a former member of the Florida House of Representatives guilty of nine counts of wire fraud this week.

The jury presented its verdict Thursday in the case of Dwayne L. Taylor of Daytona Beach.

Taylor faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each count. 

His sentencing is scheduled for November 16.

According to evidence presented at trial, during Taylor's 2012 and 2014 reelection campaigns, he falsely reported thousands of dollars of expenditures to the State of Florida in order to conceal his misappropriation of over $60,000 in campaign funds through a series of unreported cash withdrawals, checks written to himself, and checks written to petty cash, in violation of Florida law. 

Taylor then allegedly used the misappropriated funds for personal expenditures unrelated to his re-election campaigns. 

According to Florida law, all campaign contributions and expenditures must be reported to the State of Florida, and neither a candidate nor the spouse of a candidate may use funds deposited in a campaign account to defray normal living expenses for the candidate or the candidate’s family.

The law says expenses actually incurred for transportation, meals, and lodging during travel in the course of the campaign are permitted, but not those expenses that would be incurred in the ordinary course of day-to-day life.

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