Former County Commissioner Tammy Hall sentenced to 6 months prison, 3 years probation
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall sentenced to 6 months of prison, 90 days of house arrest, and 3 years probation following her release for her part in a 2009-10 federal wire fraud scheme.
“Are you expecting any jail time?” asked Four in Your Corner’s Julian Glover as Hall walked inside the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Myers.
Hall was tight-lipped and stoic as she entered the building, not speaking to reporters.
“Tammy, anything to say before you head in…Nothing to say?” asked Fox 4’s Julian Glover to Hall, to no response.
Cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom because it’s a federal case, but our crews were inside of the room and listened in to the entire testimony.
After several joint motions by the prosecution and Hall’s defense, the judge agreed to reduce the sentencing guidelines from a staggering 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine to a more lenient 21 to 27 months behind bars and up to $60,000 in fines.
The motions were entered because of Hall’s work with investigators.
According to court documents, Hall began working with the Feds after she was busted in an attempt to expose more fraud amongst our elected officials.
At one point Hall testified before the court and apologized to the residents of Lee County and to her family.
“I've lost my basic civil rights. I've lost my pension. I've lost my home. But most importantly, I've lost my credibility,” said a somber Hall.
The judge ultimately ruling to give Hall 6 months in prison, 90 days of house arrest, and 3 years probation following her release.
Hall is also required to repay the more than $33,000 in campaign funds she siphoned and used to fund shopping trips and to pay her mortgage.
Outside of the courthouse, Hall brushed off question from reporters, but she did give a brief statement.
"I want to again apologize to the citizens of Lee County,” said Hall, “I'll take this time to reflect and hopefully be back to do great things for the community.”
Several members of the community were inside the courtroom today and tell us despite being defrauded they are sympathetic.
“It’s just a shame,” said one man.
“She did a lot for the county, and for that I appreciate her,” said a donor.
In all Hall’s attorney says that in almost two years she clocked more than 600 hours helping the Feds. Of course it is still too soon to tell if her assistance with investigators may spell out an even greater ring of corruption amongst our elected officials.
During today’s court proceedings, Hall’s attorney handed over a check to cover the more than $33,000 embezzled from her donors.
The money will be distributed to the more than 400 donors who were stolen from, but the process could take up to 90 days.
Hall and her defense team have up to 14 days to appeal the decision, though they commented that they do not plan to do so.
Hall has until February 14th to surrender herself to authorities.
Tammy Hall pleaded guilty to one count of federal wire fraud back in October 2013 and abruptly resigned from her Lee County seat on the board of commission.
Governor Rick Scott appointed Brian Hamman to serve out Hall’s term on the commission through 2014.
Hall served on the BOC for the better part of a decade; prior she served on the Fort Myers City Council.