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Alan Mendelsohn gets 4 years in prison

A respected Broward County doctor whose foray into Tallahassee political fundraising turned him into a criminal was sentenced to four years in prison in Fort Lauderdale federal court Wednesday, after a stinging rebuke from the judge.

U.S. District Judge William Zloch told Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, 53, that he deserved the stiff sentence because of his leading role in a Florida public corruption case that saw him divert $700,000 from campaign donations and other income to himself, his family and his mistress.

Zloch condemned Mendelsohn for orchestrating a pay-to-play scheme that thrived on political donors contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to obtain legislative favors behind the scenes.