Though former Fort Lauderdale legislator Mandy Dawson said in April that "no different than any other person walking the streets of America" with tax problems, she's certainly different from people walking the streets now: She'll be locked up.
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In late 2010, when Mendelsohn pleaded guilty to a fraud-conspiracy charge, he said in federal court that he had funneled $82,000 to Dawson through her former legislative aide when the Democrat served as a state senator for the prior decade. As part of the plot, the aide was hired for a no-show job by one of the physician's political action committees because Dawson "made this request repeatedly," he said.