BONIFAY — Governor Ron DeSantis suspended the Holmes County Clerk of Courts, without pay, via an executive order on Thursday.
On Wednesday, it became known that Holmes County Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson, 38, was arrested and charged with the felony charges of scheme to defraud, official misconduct and money laundering. He was booked into the Holmes County Jail and is being held on a $7,500 bond.
In the order, DeSantis said that it is the "best interest" of the citizens that Hudson be suspended.
The order states, "Hudson is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privilieges of public office during the period of this suspension."
Florida Department of Law Enforcement said an annual audit in early January led to the investigation of Hudson. According to FDLE, the audit showed “a significant increase in travel expenses” starting at the latter part of last year. Auditors became concerned some of the expenses could be fraudulent, the release states.
“The investigation shows Hudson submitted travel vouchers for several conferences, Clerk of Court Operations Corporation meetings and canvassing board meetings,” the news release states. “FDLE agents found that Hudson either did not attend the meetings or that the meetings never happened.”
Hudson created fraudulent hotel receipts and meeting agendas, submitting them for reimbursement, according to officials. In all, Hudson defrauded taxpayers of more than $6,000, officials said.
This case will be prosecuted by Office of the State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit.