Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Ex-Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin White nearing prison release

Three years after being convicted of bribery and corruption, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White was transferred this week to a halfway house in Orlando.

White had been serving a three-year sentence at a minimum-security prison camp in Atlanta. Inmates nearing the end of their sentences are typically placed in a halfway house near their release location, said U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross. White's release date is Jan. 7.

"Typically, an inmate is considered for … placement near the end of their sentence, not to exceed 12 months," Ross said.

White was convicted in 2011 after accepting at least $6,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman seeking to curry favor with the county's Public Transportation Commission, of which White was chairman. In April, a federal appeals court upheld the bribery conviction and prison sentence. White lost his seat on the County Commission in the 2010 election.

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