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Mike Murgio: School board member resigns following his indictment, lawyer says

Mike Murgio, the Palm Beach County School Board member who was indicted Thursday, has resigned in a letter to School Board Chairman Chuck Shaw.

The letter reads as follows:

It is with great regret that I tender my resignation effective immediately from The Palm Beach County School Board after serving 43 years dedicated to the growth of education and our children. However, I do recognize that the personal situation that I am presently going through may create a distraction to my fellow Board Members or the Palm Beach County School District. I remain committed to our communilty and the education of our children and I am hopeful that in the near future I will be able to dedicate my time and energy once again to the children, the Palm Beach County School Board and the community it serves.

Murgio, accused by federal prosecutors of playing a role in a bribery and money laundering scheme, will also drop his bid for re-election, his attorney, Stuart Kaplan, told the Sun-Sentinel earlier Friday.

"He doesn't want this to become a distraction to the school board or the kids," Kaplan told the paper.

Murgio was arrested at his home by FBI agents Thursday morning around 7. An arraignment is scheduled for next Tuesday in New York.

WFLX has reached out to Kaplan and will update this story as more details become available. 

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