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Florida lawmaker indicted on wire fraud, money laundering charges


A federal grand jury is indicting state Rep. Joe Harding on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements.Harding represents parts of Marion County. Prosecutors say Harding tried to defraud the Small Business Administration by fraudulently obtaining and trying to obtain more than $150,000 in SBA money he wasn’t entitled to.They also say he tried to fraudulently obtain COVID-19-related small business loans. He’s set to go on trial next month.”Today, I pleaded not guilty to federal charges that state I improperly obtained and used an EIDL loan issued by the Small Business Administration. I want the public and my constituents to know that I fully repaid the loan and cooperated with investigators as requested,” a statement from Harding read. “On advice from counsel, I will be unable to say anything more specific about the legal proceedings until a later date and refer any questions or concerns related to this matter to my attorney.”

A federal grand jury is indicting state Rep. Joe Harding on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements.

Harding represents parts of Marion County.

Prosecutors say Harding tried to defraud the Small Business Administration by fraudulently obtaining and trying to obtain more than $150,000 in SBA money he wasn’t entitled to.

They also say he tried to fraudulently obtain COVID-19-related small business loans.

He’s set to go on trial next month.

“Today, I pleaded not guilty to federal charges that state I improperly obtained and used an EIDL loan issued by the Small Business Administration. I want the public and my constituents to know that I fully repaid the loan and cooperated with investigators as requested,” a statement from Harding read. “On advice from counsel, I will be unable to say anything more specific about the legal proceedings until a later date and refer any questions or concerns related to this matter to my attorney.”