A statement has just been released by Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty announcing that she is resigning from her position and now expects to serve jail time after failing to disclose free and discounted hotel rooms that she was provided.
McCarty said her resignation takes affect today.
McCarty said, "Throughout my 18 years as a County Commissioner, I have worked diligently on behalf of the community that I love. I have always believed that public officials should be held to high ethical standard and I have failed in this regard. Within the next week, I expect to plead guilty to honest services fraud."
McCarty added, "On multiple occasions, I failed to disclose free and discounted hotel rooms that had been provided to me by a company that had business with Palm Beach County. I also failed to recuse myself on bond issues that would benefit the companies that employed my husband. At the time, I rationalized these actions by interpreting their impact in a manner most favorable to me and not the most favorable to the community I was elected to serve. These were inexcusable and, in fact, criminal acts - something for which I should be prosecuted and for which I bear full responsibility."
McCarty said she is, "sickened by the fact that my acts will result in continued scrutiny of the Palm Beach County Commission." And, "disgusted with myself."
McCarty ends her resignation letter by saying she "expects to be ordered to serve a significant term of incarceration as a result of my voluntary plea."