Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill Released on Bond Amid Elderly Exploitation and Fraud Charges

Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill has been released on a $40,000 bond following her arrest by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on multiple charges, including three counts of exploitation of the elderly, mortgage fraud, scheme to defraud, and two counts of fraud. The charges stem from allegations that Hill misused her influence to fraudulently obtain a power of attorney over a 96-year-old resident of her district, subsequently misappropriating thousands of dollars from the victim’s savings for personal use.

Investigators report that Hill’s fraudulent activities extended to making significant financial decisions on the victim’s behalf, including purchasing a home and funding a luxurious lifestyle with the elderly constituent’s finances. The total amount implicated in the fraud surpasses $100,000. Despite the severity of the allegations, Hill’s attorney, James Smith, emphasizes her presumption of innocence and highlights her past contributions to the community.

The City of Orlando, acknowledging Hill’s arrest, stated it lacks the authority to discipline an elected official, a power that resides with the Governor. Governor Ron DeSantis remarked on the situation, indicating that he would suspend an elected official if indicted by a grand jury. As the investigation continues, the community awaits further developments in this case of alleged betrayal and misuse of power.

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