WHOA: Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox (D) arrested by FBI, hit with 44-count indictment

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Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox (D) was arrested this morning by the FBI and hit with a 44-count indictment on charges of “racketeering, bank fraud, extortion and bribery”:

Scott Maddox was arrested this morning by the FBI, according to federal court records. Paige Carter-Smith was expected to turn herself in to authorities.

— Jeffrey Burlew (@JeffBurlew) December 12, 2018

Breaking: Scott Maddox, Paige Carter-Smith indicted on 44 counts.

— Jeffrey Burlew (@JeffBurlew) December 12, 2018

BREAKING: Scott Maddox and Paige Carter Smith are facing 44 counts in the FBI's corruption probe, including racketeering, bank fraud, extortion and bribery. https://t.co/x1BjZxqlv5

— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) December 12, 2018

Although not nationally known, Maddox was a big deal in Florida Dem circles:

Accused in a smorgasbord federal indictment of racketeering, bank fraud, extortion, wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the US and making false statements on tax returns, Scott Maddox has also been: chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and Dem nominee for Ag commish

— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) December 12, 2018

And he’s facing some serious time if convicted:

Some of the charges carry potential maximum sentences of 20 to 30 years

— Gary Fineout (@fineout) December 12, 2018

Maddox was Mayor of Tallahassee before fellow Democrat Andrew Gillum, who just lost the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis in part because of allegations of corruption in the capital:

Scott Maddox, former mayor of Tallahassee (before Gillum) charged with 44 counts including racketeering, bank fraud, and bribery — will appear in Federal Court later today.

ICYMI, Tallahassee city government is a cesspool of corruption. https://t.co/3CYZJNlTiw

— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) December 12, 2018

So Gillum is in the clear?

Looking more and more like @AndrewGillum was NOT a target of the federal corruption probe in Tallahassee. https://t.co/xq3zwHj5d5

— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) December 12, 2018

The current mayor weighs in:

Current Mayor @JohnDaileyTLH on indictment of Commissioner Scott Maddox – "This is unsettling news, and I trust the legal system will set matters straight. We are committed to operating with full transparency and holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards."

— Gary Fineout (@fineout) December 12, 2018

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