Former commissioner guilty on corruption charges

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former Hillsborough County commissioner accused of taking bribes has been convicted on corruption charges.

A federal jury in Tampa found 46-year-old Kevin White guilty Wednesday of seven counts related to conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and lying to the FBI. He was acquitted of three other counts related to payments to his father.

Authorities say White took bribes to help wrecker companies get on a law enforcement towing rotation. He was a county commissioner at the time and also chaired the Public Transportation Commission, a board that regulates wreckers and other vehicles for hire.

White’s attorney said his client’s now-deceased father was actually behind the scheme.

White’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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