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MIAMI (AP) – Former Florida state Sen. Mandy Dawson has been sentenced to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax charges arising from a corruption investigation.
Dawson’s attorney asked Friday for home confinement because of her physical ailments and because she has long suffered from drug and alcohol abuse and depression. But U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola said her crimes warranted at least some jail time.
The 56-year-old Dawson pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion and failure to file tax returns involving nearly $30,000 in tax loss. She admitted receiving money from lobbyists, including Fort Lauderdale ophthalmologist Alan Mendelsohn who is imprisoned on corruption convictions.
A Democrat, Dawson represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties in the state House and Senate for 16 years.