BRADENTON, Fla. - When Palm Beach County, Fla., commissioner Mary McCarty was charged last month with using her influence to steer municipal bond business to her underwriter husband Kevin McCarty, the county's elected clerk and comptroller launched an investigation of bond issuance practices in the triple-A rated county.

McCarty resigned Jan. 8 and admitted that she failed to recuse herself on votes involving county bond issues benefitting companies employing her husband. He pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to withholding information about his wife's crime, which is a felony.

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