Gov. Rick Scott abruptly called off a South Florida fundraiser planned for Saturday at the Boca Raton home of real estate developer James Batmasian, a convicted felon who did time for federal tax evasion.
Batmasian pleaded guilty in 2008 to a felony charge of failing to pay the government $253,513 in federal taxes for employees at his company, Investments Limited. He was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, which is similar to probation.
The Florida Supreme Court then suspended his license to practice law. His law license was still suspended as of Thursday, making him ineligible to practice in Florida. The Florida Bar said Thursday that Batmasian hasn't applied for reinstatement.
Though he's a convicted felon, Batmasian, 67, is still a registered voter. After an inquiry about his status, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said she'd report it to the state to begin the process of removing him from the voter rolls.
Florida prohibits convicted felons from voting unless their rights are restored. Batmasian hasn't voted since the March 2008 Boca Raton city election — five weeks before his guilty plea.