FLORIDA EX-MAYOR GETS 4+ YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHARITY FRAUD

Money Fraud

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – The former mayor of a Florida city has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding a United Way charity while he ran the organization.

U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said in a news release Friday that ex-Milton mayor Guyland Thompson pleaded guilty in May to 20 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion stemming from his embezzlement from United Way of Santa Rosa County.

Thompson was the charity’s executive director. Keefe said Thompson embezzled over $650,000 from the United Way between 2011 and 2018. United Way of Santa Rosa County closed because of the fraud.

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1/18/2020 9:32:09 AM (GMT -6:00)

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