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Multiple investigations revealed Friday in Scott Maddox court hearing

Federal prosecutors confirmed multiple Tallahassee investigations including into former Commissioner Scott Maddox and others, reported the Tallahassee Democrat on Friday.

Maddox, and his associate, Paige Carter-Smith, were indicted late last year. Their charges include racketeering, extortion and fraud, among others. 

According to the Democrat, the pair is expected to plead guilty to at least some of the charges at a hearing next week.

A third person indicted, J.T. Burnette, a businessman, has maintained his innocence against allegations and indictments and asked that his trial be moved from November to early 2020, due to receiving an in-depth discovery of almost a million pages.

Federal prosecutors argued against moving the trial, contending they submitted the discovery in accordance with court requirements.

It’s in analyzing those arguments that the Tallahassee Democrat learned of the multiple investigations that were going on in Tallahassee at the time of investigating Maddox and his peers.

Prosecutors provided the court with recordings of some of the other investigations going on in the state’s capital. Per the court filings, it’s stated these recordings captured only the agents working the cases, and not the people investigated or witnesses.

However, this is the first time the federal government has alluded to multiple investigations at the time of the Maddox operation.

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