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Authority member suspended

Former City Council member Lee Duncan has been suspended from the Tampa Sports Authority after being charged in a fraud investigation involving officials and customers of Key Bank of Florida.

The suspension, which took effect Friday, will remain until the criminal case is resolved, said Debby Kearney, deputy general counsel for Gov. Lawton Chiles, who issued the suspension order.

Duncan, 73, is charged with one count of scheming to defraud a financial institution and two counts of making false banking statements.

He is accused of plotting with his wife, daughter, a bank official and others to defraud a mortgage services company by telling officials that his daughter had no outstanding loan at Key Bank when she did.

Duncan said he hadn't been informed of the suspension and had no comment.

In June 1991, Mayor Sandy Freedman appointed him to the authority, which owns Tampa Stadium, the New York Yankees' minor-league facility, and land on which a hockey coliseum and three golf courses are planned.

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