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."
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.