Former Tavares mayor admits to insurance fraud, takes plea deal

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The former mayor of Tavares admitted Wednesday to committing insurance fraud.

Robert Wolfe admitted the guilt as part of a plea deal he made with the state. He will be placed on probation for 18 months and can’t hold public office while on probation.

He was arrested in July.

Gov. Rick Scott removed him from office in July and Wolfe officially resigned Thursday.

Investigators said Wolfe claimed he couldn't live in his home earlier this year while a leak was repaired.

He told the insurance company he rented a home and paid the landlord more than $2,350 a month and spent $1,800 a month to board his dogs. Investigators said Wolfe never moved into the rental.

Wolfe has been ordered to pay all investigative and court costs. Once he completes the pretrial intervention program, charges will be dismissed.

If the mayor gets in any trouble while on probation, officials said the insurance fraud case will be prosecuted.

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