Okaloosa could sue advertising firms over Bellinger’s thefts

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

Zimmerman is opposed to the county withholding the payments and has formally notified Stewart of its intent to sue.

“To my knowledge, that has not been filed yet,” Stewart said.

Company President Curtis Zimmerman could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Commissioners said they also are reviewing Bellinger’s illegal purchase of a 2008 Porsche Cayman for $48,000 — a transaction made through Zimmerman.

“What we are looking at in terms of the Porsche is whether there is any responsibility on Zimmerman’s part because of the Porsche,” Stewart said.

The Porsche was Bellinger’s first theft. He bought it in August 2010, about three months after he was hired. He eventually traded the sports car for a 2011 Subaru Legacy sedan and pocketed about $6,000 from the trade-in.

The Subaru has been returned to the county, which plans sell it at auction.



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