Suspended Tavares Mayor resigns, will serve probation

Robert Wolfe, 47
Robert Wolfe, 47

Suspended Tavares Mayor Robert Wolfe resigned from office on Wednesday as part of a deal for insurance fraud charges.

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Wolfe from office in July after he was charged with defrauding his homeowner’s insurance company for water damage at his Tavares home.

The State Attorney's Office said Wolfe filed a claim back in February that said he was forced to relocate to a rental property and requested a reimbursement of $9,300.

The insurance claim was never paid to Wolfe.

As part of the deal for first-time offenders, Wolfe cannot seek election to public office during his 18 months of probation.

Wolfe will have a clean recorded when he finishes his probation.

Should Wolfe violate the terms of the agreement, it will be up to the Lake County State Attorney’s Office to prosecute again or not.

In May, Wolfe was arrested after his wife said he fired a gun inside their bedroom. The charges were dropped.

Vice Mayor Lori Pfisher served in Wolfe’s place until July when Troy Singer was appointed.

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