Former member of Broward school board convicted by jury of official misconduct

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — A former Broward County school board member has been convicted of official misconduct for helping developers seeking breaks on fees they paid to the school district.

Stephanie Kraft could get up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 22. The jury that convicted her Thursday also reached not guilty verdicts on conspiracy, unlawful compensation and bribery charges.

Prosecutors said Kraft and her lobbyist husband Mitch Kraft helped two developers obtain a $500,000 break on impact fees one of their housing projects had to pay to the school district. In return, the Krafts allegedly accepted $10,000 from the developers.

Mitch Kraft has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial separately.

Stephanie Kraft was suspended from office in 2010 after the charges were brought. She did not seek re-election.

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