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Joe Harding resigns after fraud indictment


State rep. Joe Harding resigned from his position in House District 24 Thursday, according to a statement from his Facebook.”I believe in Floridians and want what is best for them, and I believe their leaders need not be encumbered by distractions that are mine alone,” Harding wrote. A federal grand jury is indicting 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.”Regarding the current legal matter, I cannot comment on the details of my case. There will be a time when I can tell my story in detail, and I will. For now, let me reassure my constituents and the taxpayers that I repaid every penny of the loan I obtained, and I have done my best to cooperate fully with all authorities,” Harding said in a statement Thursday.

State rep. Joe Harding resigned from his position in House District 24 Thursday, according to a statement from his Facebook.

“I believe in Floridians and want what is best for them, and I believe their leaders need not be encumbered by distractions that are mine alone,” Harding wrote.

A federal grand jury is indicting 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.

“Regarding the current legal matter, I cannot comment on the details of my case. There will be a time when I can tell my story in detail, and I will. For now, let me reassure my constituents and the taxpayers that I repaid every penny of the loan I obtained, and I have done my best to cooperate fully with all authorities,” Harding said in a statement Thursday.