- Associated Press - Thursday, January 25, 2018

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say the mayor of Hallandale Beach has been arrested on three felony charges following an undercover FBI investigation.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office said in a news release Thursday that Mayor Joy Cooper has surrendered on the charges. It wasn’t immediately clear if she has a lawyer to represent her.

The felony charges are money laundering, official misconduct and exceeding campaign contribution limits. Prosecutors say Cooper, a Democrat, also is charged with the misdemeanor soliciting contributions in a government building.

The felonies carry maximum prison sentences of five years. The misdemeanor has a maximum one-year prison term.

Cooper has been Hallandale Beach mayor since 2005 and previously served on the city commission beginning in 1999.

Hallandale Beach is south of Fort Lauderdale.

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