Panhandle Developer Gets Six Months In Presidential Campaign Finance Case

April 24, 2013

Panhandle developer Jay Odom was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty in February to illegally funneling campaign contributions through employees and family members, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Odom, who was a major Republican donor, reimbursed people $23,000 for contributions they made in 2007 to the campaign of former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

He was convicted of one count of causing a presidential campaign committee to make a false statement to the Federal Elections Commission. Along with the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier ordered Odom to pay a $46,000 fine.

Odom, 56, of Destin, also played a key role in an airplane-hanger controversy that led to the exodus of former House Speaker Ray Sansom from the Legislature in 2009.


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