- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The mayor of Eatonville and two campaign workers face charges of voting fraud and violating voter protection laws.

The Orlando Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1UXB8FL) reports that a grand jury on Monday returned a 25-count indictment alleging that Mayor Anthony Grant and the campaign workers participated in a bribes-for-votes scheme.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton says Grant offered bribes and lowered rent in exchange for votes by absentee ballots.

Grant says he knew nothing about the scheme.

An investigation into Grant and the campaign workers by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began after Grant’s opponent, Bruce Mount, sued seeking a new election.

Eatonville is a suburb of Orlando and is a historically African-American community of 2,200 residents.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, https://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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