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Orlando City Commissioner suspended by Gov. DeSantis following serious fraud charges


Orlando, Florida – In a move that underscores the state’s commitment to upholding integrity and accountability within its public offices, Governor Ron DeSantis exercised his executive power to suspend City Commissioner Regina Hill of Orlando. This decision was formalized through Executive Order 24-63, citing the authority granted by the Florida Constitution and specific Florida Statutes.

On March 27, 2024, Regina Hill faced serious allegations as she was indicted by the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County. The charges against her are severe, including three counts of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled person for amounts greater than $50,000, a scheme to defraud of $50,000 or more, fraudulent use of personal identification involving over $100,000, and mortgage fraud exceeding $100,000. These charges paint a troubling picture of the accused’s conduct and prompted immediate action from the governor’s office.

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The Florida Constitution, specifically Article IV, Section 7(c), empowers the Governor to suspend any elected municipal officer who has been indicted for a crime. This suspension remains in effect until the individual is acquitted, and the position can be temporarily filled by appointment, but not beyond the official term. Furthermore, sections 112.51(1) and 112.51(2) of the Florida Statutes outline the governor’s authority to suspend elected officials for malfeasance, misfeasance, and other misconduct, or if they have been indicted for committing a felony or misdemeanor.

The suspended commissioner will remain out of office until the legal proceedings conclude, a measure that aligns with the principle of ensuring responsible governance and protecting the public interest.

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