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Midway mayor, council member accused of nepotism, misuse of city funds

Florida Commission on Ethics finds probable cause
Posted at 1:20 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 13:23:29-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Commission on Ethics says two city leaders in Midway violated ethics laws by appointing relatives into city government positions and misusing city owned property.

The commission says it found probable cause that Mayor Wanda Range violated the anti-nepotism law by appointing a relative to the position of Mayor Pro Tem.

Commissioners also found probable cause that Range misused the city vehicle and credit card and failed to report their use.

There was also probable cause that City Council Member Sam Stevens violated the anti-nepotism law regarding the appointment of a relative to a position within the city.

The ethics board did not find probable cause on several other ethics complaints against Range, including that she accepted a recreational vehicle in exchange for her official actions. WTXL first reported on the R.V. in question in November 2017.

The commission found no probable cause on three other allegations against Stevens references the anti-nepotism complaint.

The findings could lead to civil penalties, including removal from office and fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

To read the whole probable cause document, click here.