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Former State Rep. Dwayne Taylor Gets 13 Months for Wire Fraud

December 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Dwayne Taylor
Dwayne Taylor

Former Florida representative and Daytona Beach city commissioner Dwayne Taylor was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison and 18 months of supervised release on a charge of nine counts of wire fraud for using money from his campaign account for personal expenses.

Taylor, 50, could have been sentenced to 20 years on each count -- although with an otherwise clean record, it was always unlikely he would receive the maximum sentence.

Taylor's attorney, A. Brian Phillips, pleaded with U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza to place his client on probation, allowing him to continue to care for his family and work to gradually pay the nearly $63,000 the judge awarded the government after Taylor’s conviction in August.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for a term of 24 to 30 months in prison concurrent for all nine counts, according to a sentencing memorandum Phillips distributed to the media.

Federal prosecutors said Taylor took $62,834 from his campaign account and used it to pay personal expenses ranging from meals at McDonald’s to a Mercedes Benz, to his fancy wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Taylor, a Democrat, served as a Daytona Beach city commissioner from 2003 to 2008, and as a representative in the Florida House from 2008 to 2016. He was term-limited in 2016, ran for the U.S. House of Representatives but lost in the primary.

He is also a former Daytona Beach firefighter-paramedic who retired with the rank of lieutenant. He still lives in Daytona Beach.

Another Democrat, former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, was sentenced in February to six months of home detention followed by federal supervision for a single count of wire fraud and tax convictions that forced him out of the Legislature.

The sentence was more lenient than federal guidelines call for and drew a prosecutor's objection, but Fullwood’s advocates argued losing his job running a Jacksonville nonprofit was punishment enough.

Reach Nancy Smith at or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith


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Why is it that so many elected minority elected Democrats are unable to keep their hands out of the financial cookie jars that they are supposed to manage and control! Lack of character maybe?

ha....a slap on the hand....13 month prison....these Politian's do these Money Grabbing Life off taxpayers dime & get petty sentences....when If the everyday person do that & get Max.sentence....There your proof Justice System for the Politian...& NOT for the common person.....

..."and another one bites the dust !"... (There IS a God,...and He's a Conservative !)

God will always be GOD, and he does not care about your petty political nonsense. You are a partisan HACK. [period full stop] Rep. Taylor is a con-man, liar and a thief who broke the law. He can now join the others like Coked-out former Congressman Trey Radel, Former Crooked Congresswoman Corrine Brown, D, Pedophile Congressman Mark Foley, R, and a plethora of state crooks in the "Florida Hall of Shame." This is bigger than any political party. These folks have betrayed the public trust and deserve their prison.

"Gotcha"!... Your 'attention' is appreciated: Take 'it' with you to your voting booth !

Unfortunate fall from grace........But he brought it on himself apparently.

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