Okaloosa to start internal probe of TDC scandal (DOCUMENTS)

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

Curry said the county also wants to consult with the sheriff's office on any questionable expenses it has uncovered. He said it’s important for the county to know exactly what went wrong so it can make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“There's no doubt there was a master,” Curry said. “There were a lot of people duped by Mark Bellinger. Not just a few, but a lot of people in this community who thought he just walked on water in terms of what he was doing for tourism … In hindsight, you look back and say, ‘Wow, unfortunately, this guy was very good at what he did.’ And you wish more than anything that there would have been additional safeguards in place. And there should have been.”

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari Barlow at 850-315-4438 or kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.

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