Okaloosa officials to appear again before Auditing Committee

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Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

Okaloosa County officials on Monday are set to make their second appearance in three weeks before the state Joint Legislative Auditing Committee in Tallahassee.

The Auditing Committee has subpoenaed County Commissioner Don Amunds, County Commissioner Wayne Harris and Curtis Zimmerman, president of The Zimmerman Agency, to answer questions about the fraud scheme concocted by former tourism head Mark Bellinger.

The meeting is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol.

The Zimmerman Agency of Tallahassee is a marketing and advertising firm that held a lucrative contract with the TDC for about 20 years.

The joint committee, made up of six state representatives and five state senators, also plans to examine many of the findings in the auditor general’s recent audit of the county and the Tourist Development Council.

Amunds said he plans to attend the hearing. Harris, who is being represented by Tallahassee attorney Ronald Meyer, also plans to attend.

Zimmerman could not be reached for comment.

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