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Holmes County clerk of court, Kyle Hudson, was arrested Tuesday night after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“One count of organized scheme to defraud, seven counts of official misconduct, and one count of money laundering,” said Travis Lawson, FDLE special agent.

The investigation began in January after an annual audit showed an increase in travel expenses made by Hudson.

Hudson indicated he had been attending trainings and other meetings related to work, then created fraudulent receipts and meeting agendas and submitted them for reimbursement.

“We determined that at least seven of the vouchers that Mr. Hudson submitted in 2017 and 2018 were in fact fraudulent based upon vendors that we talked to and places where he claimed he had stayed,” Hudson said.

In total, Hudson defrauded taxpayers of more than six-thousand dollars. 

“We feel confident in the facts we articulated in our arrest warrant that in fact Mr. Hudson did defraud the citizens and taxpayers of holmes county of money that was theirs, rightfully, and not his,” said Lawson.

Officials said, because of a conflict of interest, this case will be handed over from the 14th judicial circuit state attorney’s office to a nearby state atorney’s office.

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