Feds: Indicted Florida Lobbyist Used Political Funds For Shag Pad

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Alan Mendelsohn, the indicted Florida lobbyist and Charlie Crist supporter, diverted some of the money he raised through political contributions to buy a love-nest for himself and his girlfriend, and a car for her, according to documents filed today by federal prosecutors.

From the indictment:

Between in or about April 2003 and continuing through February 2005, Mendelsohn caused approximately $60,000 in checks to be sent directly to his mistress on a monthly basis, and additional checks to be sent to his mistress through a corporation she created at Mendelsohn’s suggestion in March 2004 to receive the funds covertly….

According to the indictment, Mendelsohn is married. In a handwritten addition, prosecutors refer to “$100,000 personal surety to be co-signed by wife, sister and brother-in-law.”And later….

Mendelsohn caused approximately $240,000 in additional funds from PAC #2 and PAC #3 to be paid to his mistress to purchase and paint a personal residence for them and to buy a car for her, among other things.

It wasn’t all spent on shag pads and other gifts for his girlfriend, though. Also from the indictment:

Mendelsohn caused the issuance of $35,000 in checks as payments to the tutor preparing his children to take the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) for college entrance.

So there’s that.

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