‘Don’t Say Gay’ sponsor and Florida State Rep. Joe Harding indicted on fraud charges

State Rep. Joe Harding has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in an alleged scheme to defraud the Small Business Association and obtain coronavirus-related business loans, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Harding, R-Ocala, “obtained and attempted to obtain more than $150,000 in funds from the SBA to which he was not entitled,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said in a news release.