State lawmaker accused of fraud gets answers
Judge grants motion for Reggie Fullwood to be told who victims are
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As state Rep. Reggie Fullwood prepares for a court hearing Monday, he now knows more about the federal wire fraud case against him.
Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, was indicted just over a month ago on 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of failure to file income tax returns. Fullwood pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Fullwood's attorneys demanded the prosecution lay out who the victims are in his wire fraud case.
According to a new document, Fullwood's alleged scheme to embezzle campaign funds defrauded his campaign contributors and the Florida Division of Elections.
The federal government says he committed the crimes by transferring money from his campaign bank account to an account of a company owned by Fullwood, Rhino Harbor LLC.
The indictment also alleges that in order to conceal his fraudulent embezzlement of campaign funds, Fullwood submitted false campaign expense reports to the state of Florida, which included inflated and/or nonexistent campaign expenses.
Prosecutors say Fullwood did this twice, during his first election campaign and his run for re-election, using $65,000 at places including jewelry stores, grocery and other retail stores, gas stations and liquor stores.
Fullwood’s motion asking for the victims to be specified indicates one of his defenses in the case, according to attorney Ed Birk, who is not connected to the case.
The crime of wire fraud requires using interstate telecommunications equipment to transmit false information.
According to Birk, Fullwood hinted that because both bank accounts were held at the same Florida bank, the government may not be able to prove the interstate communications part of its case.
Fullwood's case is scheduled for trial beginning in August.
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