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Court turns down former commissioner White’s appeal


Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2014 at 09:49 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Monday turned down former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White’s appeal of his conviction and sentencing on federal bribery charges.

White was convicted in 2011 of seven of 10 counts of public corruption; prosecutors said he took bribes to give favors to towing companies. He was sentenced in March 2012 to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation. He also was ordered to pay back $9,000 in bribes he took from the FBI and was asssessed $8,200 in fines and fees.

White has been serving time in a minimum-security prison in Atlanta since May 2012. According to federal records, White, 49, is scheduled to be released on Jan. 7, 2015.

The FBI began investigating White in 2009 while he was the chairman of the county’s Public Transportation Commission. Investigators gathered audio and video recordings they said showed White and his father, Gerald, soliciting and accepting bribes from a confidential informant and an undercover FBI agent.

Gerald White died in May 2011, before his son was arrested.

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