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A federal indictment accuses a former Florida prosecutor of soliciting bribes for beneficial case inclinations and defrauding an aged man after acquiring guardianship.
Siegmeister was state lawyer of Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit from 2013 to 2019. He is accused of discussing bribes with two protection attorneys, each of whom have been additionally charged. The prosecutor allegedly requested for political contributions, a reduction on a tractor, and purchases of bulls he owned.
One of the attorneys, 41-year-old Marion Michael O’Steen of Dixie County, is accused of searching for beneficial choices on circumstances involving his shoppers and asking Siegmeister to delay official actions to acquire extra charges from a consumer. In return, Siegmeister allegedly solicited bribes.
In one case, O’Steen is accused of asking Siegmeister to assist resolve a case for “Client B,” who was charged with maintaining a playing home, in accordance with the indictment. O’Steen demanded $60,000 from the consumer for the agreement, the indictment says. Siegmeister allegedly solicited O’Steen to buy a bull from a herd of livestock he owned and to make a political contribution in reference to the case.
After O’Steen acquired the cash, Siegmeister allegedly despatched him a textual content that stated: “You still on for next Wednesday? Should’ve charged you triple based on your windfall lol.”
Seigmeister acquired $4,000 for his bull from O’Steen and O’Steen’s father; Siegmeister offered the identical bull to a farmer for $3,500, prosecutors allege within the indictment.
Siegmeister is accused of searching for a reduction on a tractor from a enterprise owned by the consumer of one other protection lawyer, Ernest Maloney Page IV. He allegedly requested for a $10,000 lower cost to resolve one among two DUI fees in opposition to Page’s consumer, or a $20,000 lower cost to favorably resolve each fees. Siegmeister bought the $20,000 lower cost and allowed the consumer to plead responsible to a lesser cost, in accordance with the press launch.
Siegmeister can also be accused of defrauding an 80-year-old man recognized as “L.T.” after he was appointed as guardian. The aged man, who’s now deceased, has been beforehand recognized as Leonard Whitman Thomas, a transient who owned Coca-Cola inventory valued at greater than $640,000 on the time of the guardianship petition.
Siegmeister drafted a will for the person that designated one among Siegmeister’s family as the only beneficiary, prosecutors say. He can also be accused of changing a few of Thomas’ belongings to money and depositing the proceeds into his own accounts.
Siegmeister and O’Steen are charged with conspiracy to make use of a facility of commerce for illegal activity, conspiracy to commit extortion, and aiding and abetting extortion. Siegmeister can also be charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, federal program bribery, wire fraud, and submitting false tax returns. O’Steen can also be charged with failure to file a type in reference to the receipt of money.
Page pleaded responsible in September to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery for serving to facilitate the tractor buy. He agreed to have his legislation license forever revoked, in accordance with the Times-Union.