A trial is scheduled to start Monday in federal court in Orlando in a case that alleges former state Rep. Dwayne Taylor improperly used campaign funds for personal expenses.

Taylor, a Daytona Beach Democrat who served from 2008 to 2016 in the House, was indicted in March on nine counts of wire fraud.

The indictment alleged, in part, that Taylor “would withdraw cash from the Dwayne L. Taylor Campaign Accounts at automated teller machines (ATMs) … and, within minutes or hours, deposit the same or a similar amount of cash into one of Taylor’s personal accounts.”

Under Florida law, campaign money may not be used to defray normal living expenses.

The trial is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza, according to an online docket.

Taylor left the Legislature in 2016 because of term limits and ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat. The charges against Taylor are at least somewhat similar to allegations against former Rep. Reggie Fullwood, a Jacksonville Democrat who pleaded guilty last year to one count of wire fraud and one count of failure to file an income tax return.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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