- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has suspended a central Florida mayor, a day after he was indicted on charges of violating voter laws using absentee ballots.

The governor issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant from performing official acts until further notice.

A grand jury on Monday returned a 25-count indictment alleging that Grant and two 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.

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



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