Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson has been sentenced to four months in jail. She is a felon now, and will lose her voting rights, among other things.
Here are the basics, from the State Attorney's Office:
Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Cynthia Hutchinson pled guilty Monday to three public corruption charges and was sentenced to four months in the Broward County Jail by Broward Circuit Judge Michael Robinson.
Hutchinson was adjudicated guilty of one count of Unlawful Compensation, a second-degree felony, and two counts of Official Misconduct, a third-degree felony.
The four months in jail is considered a special condition of a total of five years of probation she received that cannot be terminated early. Judge Robinson also ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine as well as restitution. She was ordered to report to the jail on April 15th to begin her sentence.
According to the January 2011 arrest warrant, Hutchinson accepted fences, pavers, fence repair, air conditioning repairs and other work from subcontractors at the direction of a developer of two projects in her district that she had voted for. She then failed to list the gifts and services totaling more than $14,000 on state-required gift-disclosure forms, according to the warrant.
The case was a joint investigation between the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Strategic Investigations Division and the Broward State Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit. Deborah Zimet prosecuted the case for the State Attorney’s Office.