Representative behind so-called "Don't Say Gay Bill" facing six federal charges

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Florida Representative behind so-called "Don't Say Gay Bill" facing six federal charges


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The Florida state representative who introduced the controversial parental rights and education bill, also called the 'Don't Say Gay' bill by LGBTQ activists, has been indicted by federal prosecutors.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, a federal grand jury indicted Joseph Harding, 35, of Williston, Florida, on six counts relating to scheming to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) and obtaining COVID-19-related loans on false pretenses.

Harding allegedly sought Economic Injury Disaster Loans using names of shuttered businesses and allegedly obtained falsified bank statements for one of those dormant businesses to obtain more than $150,000 in funds from the SBA.

Harding appeared in court Wednesday and pled not guilty to all of the charges, according to court records reviewed by ABC News. His trial is set for Jan. 11 next
year.

If convicted, Harding could face the following maximum prison terms for each charge:

  • Wire fraud - 20 years
  • Money Laundering - 10 years
  • Making False Statements - 5 years

Florida House Speaker Paul Renner said in a statement that Harding has been temporarily removed from committee assignments.


https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/florida-representative-behind-so-called-dont-say-gay-bill-facing-six-federal-charges



Guess it's difficult not doing things that are against the law, while at the same time putting on the public facade of being morally upright in your political party's eye and condemning people that are different than yourself.
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Guess it's difficult not doing things that are against the law, while at the same time putting on the public facade of being morally upright in your political party's eye and condemning people that are different than yourself.
You're so smarmy!

Hey, at least he's not facing six charges of:
  • Cruising truck stop bathrooms
  • Molesting young male legislative aides
  • Paying police to pimp runaway hustlers to him
  • Bigamously marrying some guy behind his wife's back
  • Feloniously injuring a sub's junk, or
  • Using public funds for boy-brothel sex tourism in the Philippines.
I mean, THAT would be hypocrisy.

Canceling Republicans for financial crimes is like shaming alligators for hurting widdle fuzzy deer fawns.
 
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Florida Republican who sponsored ‘Don’t Say Gay’ resigns after federal indictment


Republican state Rep. Joe Harding resigned from office one day after a federal grand jury indictment against him was unsealed alleging he defrauded a federal pandemic-related small business loan program.

His resignation is effective immediately.

The Justice Department on Wednesday unsealed an indictment alleging Harding used two long-defunct companies on applications for pandemic loans through the Small Business Administration. He is facing six federal counts, including two on wire fraud charges, and a total of 35 years in jail if convicted on each. The indictment alleges he fraudulently received $150,000 in federal pandemic assistance through.

The indictment unsealed by the federal government claims that Harding listed The Vak Shack and Harding Farms, both companies that had been inactive since 2017, on application for SBA loans designed to help small businesses survive the pandemic. He also lied about their revenue numbers, bank statements, and employee counts to secure the loans, federal investigators allege.


https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/08/florida-republican-harding-indictment-00073173



Push legislation, "Don't say gay", yet defraud the federal government
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