Former FL Senator Arrested

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

MIAMI (AP) -- Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson is facing federal tax evasion charges as part of a corruption investigation into a prominent South Florida eye doctor.

Federal prosecutors say the 54-year-old Dawson evaded thousands
of dollars in taxes in 2004 and 2005. She's also charged with failing to file tax returns in three other years. All told she could get a maximum of 13 years in prison if convicted.

The former Broward County Democratic lawmaker was arrested Wednesday at her current home near Daytona Beach. Court records did not list an attorney for her.

Through an aide, Dawson was paid about $82,000 for legislative support by Dr. Alan Mendelsohn. He pleaded guilty last year to filing false tax returns, lying to FBI agents and using some $700,000 in contributors' money for himself.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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