Ex-Sen. Dawson Pleads Guilty In Tax Case

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A former Florida senator has pleaded guilty to tax charges linked to a high-profile political corruption case.

Mandy Dawson entered her plea in federal court in Miami. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20.  The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to six years in prison.  Dawson will also have to pay the IRS the money she owes including fines and penalties.

Dawson, a Democrat, represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties in the state’s House for six years and Senate for ten years.

Prosecutors say Dawson was paid about $82,000 through an aide for legislative support by Dr. Alan Mendelsohn. She was arrested in July, after the IRS claimed she didn’t file tax returns for 2 years while she was in office.

Mendelsohn, a Fort Lauderdale eye doctor, pleaded guilty in 2010 to corruption-related charges and is now in prison.

No other politicians have been charged in the Mendelsohn case.

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