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Tampa accountant sentenced in campaign fraud case

Published Feb. 4, 2013

Timothy Hohl, a Tampa accountant, has been sentenced in federal court in Jacksonville to a year's probation and fined $15,000 for making illegal contributions to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's first two campaigns.

Hohl, 61, and his brother-in-law, Tampa homebuilder Timothy Mobley, admitted breaking federal law by reimbursing employees for contributions in 2006 and 2008 to the Sarasota Republican, who won his fourth term in November. Mobley, a friend and business associate of Buchanan's, is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.

Buchanan, who has long been dogged by allegations of fundraising irregularities, has denied any knowledge of the illegal contributions, which amounted to $84,300 for his campaigns and $10,000 for the Republican Party of Florida.