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Florida "Don't say gay" law sponsor indicted on fraud charges

— The Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call "Don't Say Gay" has been indicted on charges of defrauding a federal coronavirus loan program for small businesses, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said Rep. Joe Harding, 35, illegally obtained or tried to obtain more than $150,000 from the...
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Florida Republican behind ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill indicted for money laundering and wire fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted Republican state Representative Joseph Harding of Florida on felony counts of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements, according to the US Department of Justice.Mr Harding, who gained national attention this year as a chief sponsor of what opponents have called the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, is accused of defrauding the Small Business Administration to illegally obtain Covid-19-related federal loans.The federal indictment alleges that Mr Harding fraudulently applied for federal disaster loans using the names of dormant businesses, then created false bank statements for a dormant business as supporting documentation for...
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‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Sponsor Accused of COVID Relief Fraud

A federal grand jury indicted Republican Florida state Rep. Joe Harding, who sponsored the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, for Covid business relief fraud and money laundering, the justice department announced on Wednesday. Harding illegally obtained or tried to obtain more than $150,000 in pandemic loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) by using the names of two dormant companies and using false bank statements as supporting documentation, according to a six-count federal indictment. The indictment alleges that between Dec. 2020, and March 2021, Harding participated in a “scheme to defraud” the SBA and obtained coronavirus-related relief fund under false pretenses. He...
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Florida GOP rep who wrote "Don't Say Gay" bill indicted for wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements, faces 35 years

Florida GOP Representative Joseph Harding, beloved by the far-right for architecting Florida's anti-LGBTQ "Parental Rights in Education" bill (aka the "Don't Say Bill'), has further endeared himself to Republicans by getting criminally indicted by the Justice Department for wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in an attempt to defraud the Small Business Administration to obtain Covid relief funds. Nothing like committing fraud to own the libs!
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