Waechter accepts plea deal


Waechter accepts plea deal


Date: December 13, 2013
by: Alex Mahadevan | Digital Content Producer



Former Sarasota GOP Chairman Bob Waechter does not face jail time for an arrest stemming from fraudulent campaign contributions.

Judge Donna Berlin on Thursday, Dec. 12, sentenced Waechter to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and three months of house arrest for making donations to Democratic candidates using the name of Sarasota County Commission candidate Lourdes Ramirez. According to prosecuters, Waechter made the donations to hinder Ramirez in the coming election, in which she is running as a Republican.

Waechter imeediately resigned from the board of the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority board after the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office filed charges Dec. 14. And Waechter, a Siesta Key resident, resigned from the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals in January.

Contact Alex Mahadevan at alexm@yourobserver.com

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  • Oh whats one more convicted felon weaving and winding their way through Sarasota's forgiving social circles? Mr. Waecter will soon be joining forces with Felons Helping Felons, one can only hope.
  • O C Crandall
    Fri 13th Dec 2013
    at 11:33am
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