Legislative aide arrested

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A former secretary for Representative Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, has been arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for defrauding some of the lawmaker’s constituents.

Janice Shackelford, 49, was charged with one count of organized fraud, five counts of unlawful compensation and three counts of official misconduct, according to FDLE. The agency says Shackelford would charge constituents up to $1,110 to help them with legal issues, setting up fake court dates for them. At least 10 people lost about $5,400, FLDE said.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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