Dem Rep Brings Convicted Felon Onto Full-Time Staff

Democratic representative Alcee Hastings (Fla.) has officially brought a convicted money launderer onto his full-time staff after paying the individual for “part-time” work over the past several years.

Dona Nichols Jones, who has received compensation from Hastings since April 2014 for what was listed as “part-time” employment as an aide and community liaison out of his Palm Beach County office, is now listed as a “staff assistant” in his office, Legistorm filings show.

Dona Nichols Jones is married to Mikel Jones, who worked for Rep. Hastings from 1993 to 2011 as a district administrator. The couple was convicted of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud in 2011 after they had used hundreds of thousands of dollars from a business loan for personal use.

The FBI announced in 2011 that the Joneses had been convicted in a scheme to defraud a lender after Mikel had taken out a business loan for the purpose of financing a Philadelphia law firm that he owned by securing a multi-million line of credit from New York-based Stillwater, a lender, and agreed to use the funds for only legitimate purposes.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.