Okaloosa to start internal probe of TDC scandal (DOCUMENTS)

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

“We’ve had some success on one or two of them, in terms of having dialogue, but on some of the others we’ve heard nothing,” Curry said.

Among those expenditures are:

  •  25,000 in bed tax revenue paid to The Zimmerman Agency to hire the American Wind Symphony Orchestra to perform a concert that never occurred.
  •  A $14,960 overpayment to The Zimmerman Agency for a driver hired to take the TDC's recreational vehicle to promotions across the Southeast. The driver was paid to work 123 days at $187 per day plus $1,000 in expenses. But records in support of the driver’s service “showed a potential of only 43 days and $1,000 in expenses,” according to the state audit.
  • A $10,800 overpayment to The Zimmerman Agency for a promotional spokesman. The spokesman was paid to provide 32 days of services at $1,200 per day, but records show that the spokesman provided only 23 days of service, according to the audit.

“Even if there’s not criminal action in some of these instances, there may be civil action that the county can pursue,” Curry said.

Curry said the county also has filed paperwork to get the proceeds from the sale of Bellinger’s home in Destin, which was illegally paid for with a BP oil spill grant.

“There may be a sale pending on it,” he added. “So we’re hoping that’s about to take place. And, certainly, we’ve got this yacht we’ve got listed.”

Bellinger bought the $710,000 Marquis yacht with bed tax revenue. The county has taken possession of the boat and is trying to sell it.

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