Former Palm Beach County GOP leader charged in Capitol riot

This Facebook photo depicts a woman wearing a red Make America Great Again hat, an American Flag scarf, blue jeans, and a unique U.S. Olympics American flag jacket while masked posing in a frame of a broken window next to the Senate Wing Door at the US Capital
with the caption, “The Capital. . . .back at hotel safe! Got tear gassed but okay!”.

Using Facebook photos and video captured during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI this week accused a one-time Palm Beach County, Florida, commission candidate and former GOP heavyweight of joining the deadly rampage.

Jody Tagaris, 67, who lives near Jupiter, is charged with four federal misdemeanors, accusing her of illegally entering a restricted building and being disruptive and disorderly once inside. She faces a maximum year-long prison sentence on two of the charges and six months on the two others..

After a brief video hearing before a U.S. magistrate in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, she was released after posting a $50,000 bond. She is to appear in federal court in Washington at an unspecified date to enter a plea to the charges, court records show.

Surveillance video shows the woman in the American flag jacket enter the U.S. Capitol through a broken window near the Senate Wing Door. The woman remained in the Senate Wing Door lobby area for a period of time where she took pictures and engaged with U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Tagaris, who was a potent force in Republican circles when she ran for a commission seat in 2002, couldn’t be reached for comment. Stuart attorney Jeff Gorman, who represented her during the hearing, was also unavailable.

In court papers, FBI agents say Tagaris’ undoing began when they were alerted that she had posted a photo of herself on Facebook, sitting in a broken window of the Capitol.

The caption on the photo was:  “The Capital. … back at hotel safe! Got tear gassed but okay!”

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