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Former lawmaker Dwayne Taylor guilty of misusing campaign contributions

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A former state lawmaker was convicted Thursday of misusing campaign funds.

Dwayne L. Taylor, 49, was found guilty in federal court on all nine counts of wire fraud for using campaign contributions to pay for personal items that ranged from a wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to a meal at McDonald’s, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud and misappropriating more than $60,000 in campaign funds by concealing cash withdrawals, writing checks to himself and to petty cash. 

Taylor was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and reelected in 2012. Because of term limits, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 but was defeated in the Democratic primary. He served two terms as a Daytona Beach commissioner from 2005 to 2009.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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