Some TDC members say request to resign unfair (DOCUMENT)

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

“We didn’t approve any invoices and we didn't approve any payments,” Nicholson said.

He said he believes that the people who were responsible for the scandal eventually will be held accountable.

The TDC resignations come nine months after officials discovered an extensive fraud scheme put in place by former TDC head Mark Bellinger. They are part of a broader plan approved by commissioners earlier in the week.

The plan calls for:

  • A litigation strategy for targeting companies or individuals who might have received county bed tax or BP grant funds improperly;
  • Further review of TDC policies and procedures;
  • A compliance officer who will work at the TDC to ensure bed tax money is being spent according to county ordinances and state law;
  • A mandatory training program for all members of county volunteer boards; and
  • Sending a request to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office to provide access to the materials obtained during its criminal investigation into the TDC scandal.

Commissioners will present the plan to state lawmakers Monday when they appear before the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee in Tallahassee to answer questions about the mismanagement of public funds. The committee requested that commissioners and TDC members who served during Bellinger’s tenure attend the meeting.

Read the letter from the Joint Auditing Committee.

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