patricia_christensen_web.jpgFlorida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested Port St. Lucie Mayor Patricia Christensen, 53, today, Wednesday, Sept. 25.

She was charged with one count of official misconduct for alleged falsification of an official record and one count of alleged disposition of surplus funds by a candidate.


The charges stem from her allegedly depositing $3,800 from campaign funds into her personal account.


FDLE’s investigation began in October 2009 after the agency received a complaint.


Campaign and bank records show Christensen wrote a check to herself from campaign funds in June, 2006, for $2,500 and she deposited $1,318 in surplus campaign funds into her personal account, police said.


According to FDLE, Christensen admitted falsifying her campaign report to conceal using the funds to pay personal bills and expenses.


Christensen turned herself in to the St. Lucie County Jail on Wednesday morning, the FDLE said.


Pictured:   Patricia Cristensen