FDLE agents arrest political strategist, (James Foglesong), for grand theft

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April 11, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. – FDLE agents today arrested James Eric Foglesong, 41, of 102 Whitecaps Circle in Maitland, on four counts of grand theft. The Maitland Police Department assisted with the arrest.

The charges stem from approximately $20,000 stolen from a Political Action Committee (PAC) that was formed during the 2018 Orange County Sheriff’s election. During the investigation,

FDLE agents learned that Foglesong and another party formed the PAC “Citizens for Safety and Justice” to assist with advertising for John Mina’s 2018 campaign. Agents determined Foglesong is the owner of Focus Strategies and was provided with two blank checks to pay for election mailers; however, he made the checks out to a family member and cashed the checks himself. In addition, Foglesong submitted invoices to the PAC from Focus Strategies for digital campaign ads. But campaign ads were to be completed by a contracted advertising company and Focus Strategies was not authorized to create any ads. Agents discovered that no digital advertising was ever requested of the contractor or completed by Focus Strategies.

Foglesong was taken to the Orange County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will handle the case.

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