Florida: Tallahassee businessman J.T. Burnette found guilty on 5 public corruption charges

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That’s not good news for Truelieve and CEO Kim Rivers who happens to be married to Burnette. Kim Rivers   There are no allegations of  any involvement by Rivers or Trulieve but it’s never a good look when one half of a power couple goes down in flames and it did force the company to publish this statement to social media yesterday. The question will be what happens post sentencing. We see a “amicable” divorce either between the couple or between Rivers and Truelieve that will be quietly be announced in November of December. As they say… watch this space. Florida Politics reports Burnette was found guilty on charges of extortion, honest services mail fraud, a Travel Act violation and lying to the government. Tallahassee businessman J.T. Burnette was convicted on public corruption charges Friday stemming from an FBI investigation into City Hall. Jurors found the 44-year-old, whose businesses include the DoubleTree Hotel, CollegeTown, and the Gateway office building, guilty on five of nine federal charges — extortion, honest services mail fraud, a Travel Act violation, and lying to the government. Sentencing is set for Oct. 28. Burnette is the third individual to be convicted in the public corruption investigation, which started in 2015. Former Mayor and City Commissioner Scott Maddox and his girlfriend and longtime business partner, Paige Carter-Smith, pleaded guilty in 2019. The gist of the allegations was that Carter-Smith helped Maddox, a former chair of the Florida Democratic Party, in an ongoing scheme to solicit bribes from companies seeking to do business in or with the city of Tallahassee. Burnette was accused of giving Maddox a $100,000 bribe in 2014 in exchange for dismantling a rival downtown hotel project and arranging $40,000 in bribes in late 2016 and early 2017 to Maddox from undercover FBI agents posing as developers and other wealthy businessmen, the Tallahassee Democrat…

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