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Ex-lawmaker convicted of fraud charges related to campaign funds

Former state representative found guilty of 9 wire fraud counts

Former Florida House Rep. Dwayne Taylor, 49, was indicted on fraud charges
Former Florida House Rep. Dwayne Taylor, 49, was indicted on fraud charges

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former state Rep. Dwayne Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 after being convicted Thursday on wire-fraud charges stemming from allegations that he used money from political accounts to pay for personal expenses.

A jury in federal court in Orlando found Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, guilty of nine counts of wire fraud.

U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza scheduled sentencing for Nov. 16, according to an online docket.

Taylor, who left the Legislature last year because of term limits, was indicted in March.

The indictment alleged, in part, that Taylor "would withdraw cash from the Dwayne L. Taylor Campaign Accounts at automated teller machines (ATMs) ... and, within minutes or hours, deposit the same or a similar amount of cash into one of Taylor's personal accounts."

Under Florida law, campaign money may not be used to defray normal living expenses.

Taylor was the second House member who has faced similar charges of improperly using campaign cash for personal expenses.

In the other case, former Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, pleaded guilty last year to one count of wire fraud and one count of failure to file an income tax return. Fullwood had to resign his House seat.