Former Holmes County Clerk of Court indicted on wire fraud charge

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A federal grand jury in Tallahassee has indicted former Holmes County Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson with wire fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Hudson was formally suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis when he was initially arrested on fraud and money laundering charges on March 22.

The indictment accuses Hudson of illegally taking more than $6,800 from taxpayer funds through submitting fraudulent travel reimbursement claims while he served as the Holmes County Clerk of Court from October 2017 to August 2018.

“A public office at all levels of government is a sacred public trust and anyone who breaches or betrays that trust will be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe. “As the people expect and deserve leaders who do their jobs with honesty and integrity, we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those few who commit crimes and place their self-interest above the public interest.”

He will be arraigned in federal court on the charges at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

Hudson faces a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case resulted from Florida Department of Law Enforcement and U.S. Attorney's Public Trust Unit investigations.

Read our previous coverage of this story below.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 22, 2019

BONIFAY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Governor Ron DeSantis has formally suspended the Holmes County Clerk of Court.

Kyle Hudson, 38, was arrested Tuesday on charges of organized scheme to defraud, official misconduct and money laundering following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The investigation revealed Hudson submitted travel vouchers for several conferences, Clerk of Court Operations Corporation meetings and canvassing board meetings, but he either did not attend the meetings or the meetings never took place.

Officials say Hudson created fraudulent hotel receipts and meeting agendas, submitting them for reimbursement. He's accused of defrauding taxpayers of more than $6,000.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 20, 2019

BONIFAY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested the Holmes County Clerk of Court on charges of organized scheme to defraud, official misconduct and money laundering.

FDLE says an investigation began in January after an annual audit showed a significant increase in travel expenses by 38-year-old Kyle Hudson starting late in 2017.

After further review, auditors became concerned some of the expenses could be fraudulent.

Authorities say an investigation showed Hudson submitted travel vouchers for several conferences, Clerk of Court Operations Corporation meetings and canvassing board meetings.

Agents found Hudson either did not attend the meetings or that the meetings never happened. Officials also say Hudson created fraudulent hotel receipts and meeting agendas, submitting them for reimbursement.

Hudson defrauded taxpayers of more than $6,000.

Officials arrested Hudson on Tuesday in the Panama City Field Office and booked him into the Holmes County Jail, where he is being held.

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