US Attorney Robert E. O’Neill reported to Historic City News that a federal jury found 51 year-old Tony Devaughn Nelson, former Chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority, guilty of thirty-six corruption related charges.
Today, Nelson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and millions in fines for his crimes; including bribery, money laundering, honest services mail fraud, and making a false statement to the FBI.
A date for sentencing has not yet been set.
Nelson was indicted on January 10, 2010.
Testimony and evidence established that Nelson demanded and accepted $143,500 in bribes between August 2006 and March 27, 2008. The bribes were paid by co-conspirator, Lance W. Young, owner of Subaqueous Services, Inc., a dredging contractor at JAXPort.
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