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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Whites's troubles stretch back to 1994

Then-County Commissioner Kevin White was accused of discriminating against a female aide.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2009)

Then-County Commissioner Kevin White was accused of discriminating against a female aide.

April 1994: White resigns from the Tampa Police Department after officials determine he violated pursuit policy in a chase that injured a civilian. The victim sues the city and is paid $85,000.

2002–2003: White campaigns for Tampa City Council and Matthew B. Cox later claims he gave White thousands in illegal contributions. Cox, convicted of mortgage fraud and serving 26 years in federal prison, asserts he also gave White $7,000 for votes on rezonings. White denies it.

2006: White is elected to the Hillsborough County Commission's District 3. He raises more than $230,000 in contributions.

2007: Florida Elections Commission finds probable cause for 14 election law violations, most stemming from White's improper use of $6,100 in contributions to buy tailored Italian suits, and from false reports about his clothier. Facing $38,047 in fines, he pays $9,500 in 2008.

2008: White starts Icon Security Solutions, a security business advertising limousine services for VIPs. At the time, White chairs the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which regulates cars-for-hire that come with a driver.

Aug. 21, 2009: A federal jury finds White discriminated against former aide Alyssa Ogden by firing her for refusing his sexual advances. The county amasses nearly $500,000 in legal bills, including a $75,000 award to Ogden.

Feb. 3, 2010: County Commission votes to sue White to recoup part of $425,000 in legal bills not covered by insurers.

June 1, 2010: White says he owes nothing and countersues, saying the insurer should cover his $155,000 legal bill.

November 2010: White leaves the commission after losing the Democratic primary.

December 2010: White secures a $91,100 mortgage for a $143,300 house from a company led by Michael J. Moses, part-owner of some cab and transport companies White used to help regulate.

May 18, 2011: The Florida Commission on Ethics finds reason to believe White is guilty of three violations in his 2009 sexual harassment case. It also finds probable cause White had a conflict when he participated in votes relating to the county's suit to recoup legal expenses.

June 2, 2011: Hillsborough County Attorney Renee Lee is dismissed. Adding to previous woes, Lee had lunch with White, whom the county is suing.

June 15, 2011: White is arrested on federal bribery charges.

Source: Times files

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Whites's troubles stretch back to 1994 06/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:59am]
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