Fullwood asks for probation ahead of fraud sentencing
Former state representative pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges last year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges last year, is asking the court to sentence him to probation.
Fullwood agreed to the forfeiture of $60,552.80 as part of his plea agreement, which was entered in September.
The forfeiture amount matches the amount transferred from Fullwood's campaign account to the account of Rhino Harbor, LLC -- an account that is only under Fullwood's name.
Fullwood was indicted in April on 14 counts, including wire fraud and tax evasion, mostly related to diverting contributions to his re-election campaign for his own personal use, including purchases of jewelry, alcohol and flowers.
Fullwood is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Ahead of the hearing, Fullwood's lawyer filed a sentencing memorandum, asking for a non-custodial sentence.
In the memo, the lawyer cites Fullwood’s long career of public service and notes the conviction has ruined his reputation.
The lawyer said Fullwood’s is going through a divorce, in part because of the fraud case.
He’s living with his sister, and working as an associate editor for the Jacksonville Free Press.
The lawyer also reveals that Fullwood is an alcoholic and has been attending AA meetings since 2014 and getting mental health counseling.
Fullwood could face up to 20 years in prison at Tuesday’s sentencing.
Fullwood narrowly won a six-way Democratic primary in August for a fourth term representing District 13 and was scheduled to face Republican Mark Griffin in the general election, but he resigned after entering the guilty plea in September.
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