Prosecutor in the Daytona-area mortgage fraud trial in fed court in Orlando appointed to judgeship

Tanya Wilson given nod for Orange County bench by Gov. Rick Scott

Tanya Wilson, federal prosecutor in Orlando named Orange County judge by Gov. coot / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer® / U.S. prosecutor Tanya Wilson is moving from the US District Court in Orlando to the Orange County courthouse downtown where she will leave her post as a federal government prosecutor to a county judgeship.
 

ORLANDO -- Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson to an Orange County judgeship.

Wilson, 45, is the lead prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the trial against James Sotolongo, Ramara Garrett and Stephanie Musselwhite, all accused of conspiring to defraud four banks of nearly $13 million in mortgages involving seven upscale residences in the Daytona Beach area. 

The three have pleaded niot guilty. The case went to the jury today.

Wilson, 45, of Ocoee, has been an assistant U.S. Attorney since 2004, and from 2001-2003, she served as an assistant federal public defender. She began her legal career as an assistant Public Defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit in 1997.

Since 2012, Wilson has served as an officer of For The Kidz, Inc., a charitable organization connecting children and teens in poverty to educational, health, and social resources. Wilson received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott said Wilson has "spent her career protecting the families of Central Florida," adding her "broad experience and knowledge of the law will translate well to the Orange County bench as she continues to serve Florida families with distinction.”

Gov. Rick Scott said Wilson has "spent her career protecting the families of Central Florida," adding her "broad experience and knowledge of the law will translate well to the Orange County bench as she continues to serve Florida families with distinction.”

Wilson fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Greg A. Tynan to the circuit court in Orange County.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.