Corruption trial begins for former Broward County school board member's husband

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Trial has begun for a Broward County lobbyist accused of corruption for allegedly using his wife's former position as a school board member to illegally save developers $500,000 on a 2007 project.

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of Mitchell Kraft, who is charged with unlawful compensation, criminal conspiracy and bribery of a public servant.

Prosecutors say Kraft was hired by developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. They sought help from his wife, former school board member Stephanie Kraft, to reduce the local schools impact fee their housing project would be required to pay.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( reports that the school board cut the fee from $1.7 million to $1.2 million.

Stephanie Kraft was convicted in December of official misconduct. She is appealing the verdict.

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