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Sheriff sentenced to jail on campaign finance lies

Former Charlotte County [Florida] Sheriff William Clement was sentenced to seven months in jail Friday for lying on a campaign finance report during his 2000 election campaign. ...

Although the official misconduct charge was a third-degree felony, Clement and many observers thought the former sheriff would receive probation and avoid a sentence to the jail he used to run. He appeared dejected and emotionally drained after Circuit Judge James Thompson read the sentence. ...

Clement was arrested in October on accusations that he accepted a $5,000 loan from former sheriff's candidate Barbara Hunt and illegally funneled $2,500 of the money into his campaign treasury through his sister's business during that campaign, state records said.

Clement reached a settlement with the state elections commission last fall in which he paid $38,500 for failing to report more than $5,000 in political contributions and improperly making political signs. -- Ex-Charlotte Sheriff Sentenced to Jail (Lakeland Ledger)