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More charges against GOP money man Alan Mendelsohn



Federal prosecutors have added five criminal tax charges to the indictment of Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, a Broward County eye doctor and political power broker.

In the newest charges, filed Tuesday, Mendelsohn is accused of failing to report on his tax returns about $715,000 he received from 2003 to 2006 — money that Mendelsohn took from political funds under his control and spent on himself, his mistress and his children's education, prosecutors say.

...Prosecutors say Mendelsohn raised about $2 million through three political committees, based on false promises that he would use the money to influence state lawmakers and Crist. But Mendelsohn, working with an accomplice, diverted much of that money through companies and used it for his own benefit, the indictment says.

...More arrests are expected as part of a wider influence-peddling investigation, prosecutors have said. One likely target: former state Democratic lawmaker Mandy Dawson, who is suspected of receiving $87,000 from Mendelsohn through a one-time Dawson campaign aide, according to sources familiar with the case.Agents are also investigating Tallahassee lobbyist Stephen D. Hull, who helped create and manage the political committees along with Mendelsohn. ( STORY HERE)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:43am]


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