FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A city commissioner who once chaired the Florida Democratic Party and briefly ran for governor faces dozens of corruption charges.

Federal prosecutors released a 44-count indictment Wednesday charging Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox and associate Paige Carter-Smith with bribery, racketeering, bank fraud, extortion and other crimes.

The FBI’s investigation into Tallahassee corruption was an issue in the governor’s race. Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis said it was a sign his opponent, then-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, couldn’t be trusted.

The indictment alleges Maddox maintained an interest in a lobbying firm after he was elected in 2012, despite claims he sold the company to Carter-Smith and was no longer involved in it.

The indictment says the firm received payments from clients with business before the commission in exchange for favorable votes by Maddox.

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