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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty made her initial court appearance Friday morning at the Federal Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. McCarty seemed relaxed, chatting with reporters in the courtroom. McCarty is charged with honest services fraud, using her position as commissioner to enrich her and her husband Kevin.

Friday McCarty officially entered a not guilty plea before the magistrate judge, even though she said in her resignation letter she will plead guilty. A change of plea hearing will be set at a later date before the judge who's been assigned the case. Also today McCarty signed for a $200,000 personal surety bond, which will allow her to be free until the case is resolved. The bond is backed by the equity in McCarty's Delray Beach home. McCarty told the judge her home is worth $900,000, and minus two mortgages, she has $400,000 equity in the home.

McCarty's husband Kevin also faces charges and has an afternoon court appearance scheduled. He is expected to enter a guilty plea at that time.

The feds say she voted on bond contracts that benefited her husband's company and steered bond underwriting business with other agencies to her husband. Prosecutors also claim McCarty failed to disclose hotel rooms and other gifts from companies doing business with the county commission.

If convicted McCarty faces up to 5 years in prison and a forfeiture of $272,000.

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