Last week, Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced that a federal grand jury found a former Florida House of Representatives member guilty of nine counts of wire fraud. 49-year-old Dwayne L. Taylor of Daytona Beach now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count. Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on November 16, 2017.
Evidence presented during the trial showed that Taylor falsely reported thousands of dollars of expenditures to the State of Florida in an attempt to conceal the misappropriation of more than $60,000 in campaign funds during Taylor’s 2012 and 2014 reelection campaigns. Taylor violated Florida law by making unreported cash withdrawals, checks written to himself and checks written to pretty cash. Taylor then used the money for personal purposes unrelated to his re-election campaigns.
Florida law requires all campaign contributions and expenditures to be reported to the state. Simultaneously, a candidate or spouse are not allowed to use campaign funds for normal living expenses. Funds may only be used for expenses incurred for transportation, meals and lodging during the course of a campaign.
Dwayne L. Taylor has been found guilty of nine counts of wire fraud. It is anticipated that he will be sentenced on November 16, 2017.