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Former Holmes County Clerk Of Court Indicted For Wire Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A federal grand jury in Tallahassee returned an indictment charging former
Holmes County, Florida, Clerk of Court, Kyle Martin Hudson, 39, of Westville, Florida, with wire
fraud. The indictment was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern
District of Florida.

“A public office at all levels of government is a sacred public trust and anyone who breaches or
betrays that trust will be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “As the people expect and
deserve leaders who do their jobs with honesty and integrity, we will vigorously pursue and
prosecute those few who commit crimes and place their self-interest above the public interest.”

The indictment alleges that, between October 2017 and August 2018, Hudson, while employed as the
elected Clerk of Court for Holmes County, Florida, fraudulently obtained more than
$6,800 in taxpayer funds through the submission of fraudulent travel reimbursement claims.

Hudson will be arraigned in federal court on the charges on October 7, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. before
United States Magistrate Judge Michael Frank at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola, Florida.

Hudson faces the following potential penalty:
•    Wire Fraud: a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine

This case resulted from an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Assistant
United States Attorney Jason R. Coody is prosecuting the case.

This case arose from an extensive investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Public Trust Unit, a
comprehensive anti-corruption initiative designed to target and hold accountable elected,
appointed, and employed public officials who abuse the sacred trust placed in them by citizens.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of
federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a
fair trial, during which it will be the government's burden to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that
serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access
public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern
District of Florida, visit


U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District Of Florida

Updated October 4, 2019