TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A federal grand jury in Tallahassee Friday indicted former Holmes County Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson with wire fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Hudson was formally suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis when he was initially arrested on fraud and money laundering charges on March 22.
The indictment accuses Hudson of illegally taking more than $6,800 from taxpayer funds through submitting fraudulent travel reimbursement claims while he served as the Holmes County Clerk of Court from October 2017 to August 2018.
“A public office at all levels of government is a sacred public trust and anyone who breaches or betrays that trust will be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe. “As the people expect and deserve leaders who do their jobs with honesty and integrity, we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those few who commit crimes and place their self-interest above the public interest.”
He will be arraigned in federal court on the charges at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.
Hudson faces a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case resulted from Florida Department of Law Enforcement and U.S. Attorney's Public Trust Unit investigations.