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Tammy Hall released from federal prison

August 13, 2014
By TIFFANY REPECKI (trepecki@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A former Lee County commissioner was released from a federal prison Tuesday morning.

Tammara "Tammy" Ann Hall, 53, formerly of Cape Coral, was released at 8:45 a.m. from the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumterville, Fla. Samantha Serraro, public information officer for the prison, reported that Hall had "no detainers" - that she had "nothing pending" - upon her release.

Hall served six months in the federal prison after being sentenced earlier this year. She had pleaded guilty in October to one count of wire fraud as part of a plea agreement with federal prosectors.

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Tammy Hall

Hall now faces a three-year term of supervised release, including 90 days of home confinement. The federal judge also sentenced her to 250 hours of community service and for her to pay restitution.

In September, Hall submitted her resignation to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners - the same day that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that she faced charges and had entered into a deal. Hall had been the District 4 commissioner since November 2004.

According to court documents, she was running for re-election as a Lee County commissioner in the 2010 election. From November 2009 to November 2010, she diverted and embezzled about $33,756 of donor contributions to the Tammy Hall campaign fund and used the money for personal expenditures.

Hall spent the money on mortgage payments to Bank of America and to cover American Express purchases made at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mark Loren Designs and Club Monaco.

Hall completed state campaign fund reports and failed to disclose that she had diverted campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses, the documents state. She falsely represented the nature of the expenditures or omitted certain campaign contribution checks from the state campaign reports.

Hall transferred funds from the campaign bank account to her personal account, wrote checks from the campaign account and deposited them into her personal account, and deposited certain donor campaign contributions directly into her personal account.

According to the documents, FBI agents interviewed Hall in February 2012. She made deceptive statements, where she claimed that she never took money from her campaign account to support her personal lifestyle. She said all of the money she took was reimbursement for campaign expenses.

Based on the suggested sentencing guidelines, Hall could have been looking at between 21 months and 27 months in prison, one to three years of supervised release, and a fine between $6,000 and $60,000.

She could not be reached for comment Tuesday on her release from prison or the case.

 
 

 

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