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Hallandale Beach, Florida lies along the Atlantic coast, about halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, lying against the southern border of Hollywood, Florida. The city has a population of about 37,000 people and its mayor is Joy Cooper, a Democrat, who has been caught in an FBI sting operation and is facing charges that include violating campaign contribution laws, official misconduct in office soliciting campaign contributions in a government building and money laundering. The soliciting campaign contributions in a government building is only a first-degree misdemeanor but the other three charges are third-degree felonies, which could end up costing her, her position as mayor, a substantial fine and/or prison time.

(Constitution.com) – Hallandale Beach, Florida Mayor Joy Cooper, a Democrat, has been arrested in an FBI sting operation that saw her rack up some pretty serious charges.

The mayor faces charges of money laundering, official misconduct, and exceeding limits on campaign contributions. Each of the charges is a 3rd-degree felony, she’s also been charged with soliciting contributions in a government building, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

From ABC 10:

According to the Broward County state attorney’s office, FBI agents posing as developers and business owners met with Cooper and former attorney and lobbyist Alan Koslow, who pleaded guilty to a federal money-laundering conspiracy charge in a case with the FBI that was part of their “Red Chip” sting operation to target political corruption in South Florida…

The crimes date back to 2012, when she is alleged to have received money that was from unlawful activities, along with asking for more donation than the law allows and then falsifying campaign treasury reports. In the sting operation, Cooper accepted a number of checks with Russian names while at a Chamber of Commerce function.

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