Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings is no stranger to corruption charges. Now he is back in the news for a questionable hire to his staff – a convicted money launderer.
Sunshine State News reports:
Ethics, Smethics: Congressman Alcee Hastings Promotes Convicted Money Launderer to Full-Time
Maybe his South Florida constituency long ago grew numb to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings’ serial unscrupulousness. Certainly nobody kicked up much of a fuss when it was discovered Wednesday the Democratic congressman, serving with his own checkered past, promoted a convicted money launderer in his Palm Beach County office to full-time “staff assistant.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Dona Nichols Jones has been on Hastings’ payroll as a $40,000-a-year part-time aide and community liaison since April 2014, Legistorm filings show. How much of a salary increase comes with the promotion is not yet certain.
You may not be familiar with Dona Nichols Jones. Jones is married to one-time Philadelphia lawyer Mikel Jones, who worked for Hastings from 1993 to 2011 as a district administrator. The couple operated as a slick team, convicted of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud in 2011 after they had used hundreds of thousands of dollars from a business loan for the likes of paying off credit card debts and buying Philadelphia 76ers tickets.
It’s a fascinating story, and the Free Beacon has it all. The couple also laundered $160,000 through Dona and her daughter’s bank account to replenish money that had been taken from Mikel’s law firm trust account. From 2008 to 2009, the Joneses had siphoned $350,000 worth of funds by using fraudulent invoices.
Don’t the people of Florida deserve better representation than this? How does this guy keep getting reelected?