Former Florida State Rep Jailed 4 Months for EIDL Loan Fraud

Joe Harding of Williston, Florida, was sentenced  for wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in the name of a dormant business.

Joe was elected and took office November 8, 2022. He resigned 30 days later when indicted for loan fraud. 

Joe obtained $150,000, made  a payment to his credit card, and transferred money to another company. 

“Mr. Harding abused a program that was designed to ease the suffering of the constituents who elected him to serve in their best interests,” says Sherri E. Onks, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division.  “Instead of using thousands of dollars in federal funds to help keep struggling businesses afloat and honest workers employed, he selfishly diverted it for his own personal gain.  The FBI will hold accountable anyone who takes advantage of those in need, and we remain committed to working with our partners to ensure fraudsters are brought to justice.”