State orders audit of Okaloosa finances, clerk's office

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM.

Gaetz questioned Amunds and Curry about the $1 million in promotional debit cards provided to the county by BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“What human being made the decision to give Mr. Bellinger (the debit cards)?” he asked.

When Amunds referred the question to Curry, Gaetz said he found it “somewhat disconcerting” that Amunds didn’t have an answer.

Curry told the committee that he believed the Clerk of Court’s Office received the debit cards and gave them to Bellinger.

“That may have been the route,” he said.

Gaetz asked Amunds about a debit card that was provided to the Special Olympics as a prize for a golf tournament fundraiser. Amunds works part-time for the Special Olympics. He said he didn’t direct Bellinger to give the organization a debit card and didn’t find out about it until after the Sheriff’s Office began investigating Bellinger’s tenure at the TDC.

Gaetz also asked Amunds to explain what he thinks his responsibility should be in the fraud scandal.

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