On Thursday State Rep. Reggie Fullwood plead guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and failing to file a tax return.
Judge Marcia Morales Howard asked Fullwood if he understood by pleading guilty he admits to the truth of the charges and waives his rights to a trial. He would lose his right to vote, own a firearm or hold public office.
According to News4Jax, when the judge asked if it was his signature on the plea agreement he said “Yes, ma’am.”
Last month Fullwood narrowly won a six-way Democratic primary for a fourth term representing District 13 and was scheduled to face Republican Mark Griffin in the general election.
Fullwood was indicted earlier this year on 14 counts, including wire fraud and tax evasion. They were mostly related to diverting contributions to his re-election campaign for his own personal use. It was said he purchased jewelry, alcohol and flowers with the money.
In exchange for his voluntary plea, the government dropped the 12 other counts against Fullwood. He would also be allowed to remain free on bond until sentencing, which will happen in about two months.