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Defendant Mary McCarty was sentenced today to 42 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Defendant McCarty was immediately remanded to the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving her sentence. Defendant McCarty had previously pled guilty to an Information charging her with a mail and wire fraud conspiracy to deprive the citizens of Palm Beach County of their intangible right to her honest services as a county commissioner. As described in the charging document, and as the defendant admitted at her plea, Mary McCarty engaged in a pattern of defrauding the public of her honest services as an elected official, by misusing her position as a Commissioner on the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), to personally enrich herself, her husband, and their associates through a series of municipal bond transactions and through her receipt of gifts and gratuities from entities and persons doing business before the BCC. Further, Mary McCarty advocated and voted on numerous matters before the BCC while she concealed her true financial interests, received significant and material gifts and gratuities from individuals and entities doing business before the BCC, and failed to file or filed incomplete or false disclosure reports to conceal from the public her true financial interests.
Here’s McCarty’s bio, which includes these career highlights:
1998: Is Jeb Bush’s regional campaign chairwoman in his gubernatorial bid.
March 1999: Forms an exploratory committee looking at the possibility of a congressional bid.
December 1999: With her husband, Kevin, is named a chair of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in Florida.
November 2000: Allows two dozen Republican operatives turn her commission office into a makeshift war room and watch the 2000 manual recount on closed-circuit television.
December 2000: Is elected chairwoman of the county’s Republican Party.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acreage of a Christian nudist colony under development in Florida:
Florida’s wildlife officials decided to remove the manatee, which has a mild taste that readily adapts to recipes for beef, from the state’s endangered-species list.
A 64-year-old mother and her 44-year-old son were arrested for running a gang that stole more than $100,000 worth of toothbrushes from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS stores in Florida.
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