Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall wore an FBI wire while in office as part of a plea deal to resolve corruption charges against her which suggests a more wide-ranging probe into public affairs in southwest Florida as reported by Dick Hogan for the News-Press:
The details are in a report U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell read before sentencing Hall to six months in prison, far less than the minimum 21 months she would have received under federal sentencing guidelines.That report remains sealed because it deals with investigations the FBI is working on. Hall, her attorney and prosecutors are prohibited from talking about it publicly.
This isn't the first time a sitting politician wore an FBI wire.
Last spring it was disclosed that New York Senator Shirley L. Huntley "recorded multiple elected officials at the direction of federal prosecutors . . . while she was still serving in the Legislature," and "prosecutors indicated that her recordings may help them bring charges against another, unnamed senator, and two other elected officials" as then reported by Thomas Kaplan for The New York Times.
Southwest Florida is home to former Congressman Trey Radel who resigned his House seat last month following a drug conviction and rehab stint as reported by Jake Sherman for Politico: "Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington."
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