Former Commissioner Gets 3 Years in Prison

A former Hillsborough County Commissioner is going to prison.

Kevin White, 46, was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for bribery and fraud charges, three years supervised probation  and ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution.

Before the judge gave his ruling, White spoke about the charges for the first time and said “I accept full responsibility for all of my actions,” he said.

White was convicted of accepting bribes to influence the county transportation agency that he chaired.

He faced 10 counts, including bribery, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and lying to an FBI agent but was only found guilty on seven counts including bribery, wire fraud and false statements of a government official.

The charges are related to the time when he was chairman of the county’s Public Transportation Commission, from 2006 to 2010.

The commission oversees permits for ‘for hire’ vehicles like taxi-cabs, limos, vans and tow trucks and was found guilty of taking bribes for favors to a local towing company.