Ex-attorney convicted in federal court

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By The Staff

Former Chiefland City Attorney Joey Lander has been convicted in federal court on money laundering and mail fraud charges and is awaiting sentencing in January.

Lander, who at one time was the Dixie County Commission attorney, was convicted in a scheme in connection with a vitamin company and two land developments.

At the same time he was convicted on the charges, he was ordered to give up half ownership in the Dixie County Advocate, a weekly newspaper based in Cross City, and other property he owns, leaving only a home in Carlsbad, Calif. in his possession. His wife and children reside in the home.

Lander was among five present and former Dixie County officials indicted in fall 2008 on corruption charges. All have been convicted. In separate indictments handed down at the same time two Levy County Commissioners were indicted on corruption charges and suspended from office. A third person, an economic recruiter for Levy County, was also indicted in the investigation into corruption by public officials.

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