Trial set to begin in Okaloosa sheriff’s kickback scandal

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Randall Holcombe

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Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM.

PENSACOLA — The oft-delayed trial of former Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office employee Randall Holcombe is scheduled to get under way today in Pensacola.

 “We’re prepared and ready to go forward and try the case,” State Attorney Bill Eddins said. “We do not expect it to be continued.”

Holcombe, the last member of Sheriff Charlie Morris’ scandal-ridden administration to be charged for his role in a bonus kickback scheme, faces racketeering and grand theft charges.

Holcombe earned a salary of $71,302 as Morris’ assistant director of administrative services.

Auditors who pored over the sheriff’s office books after the FBI arrested Morris in February 2009 reported that Holcombe received $92,973 in bonuses from the sheriff and returned $18,000 of it.

Eddins said at the time of Holcombe’s arrest that the grand theft charges stemmed from Holcombe’s “involvement in taking kickbacks of almost $100,000 and the improper use of inmates and equipment.”

Former coworkers have told authorities that Holcombe used inmates to work on personal projects for him and to assist Morris’ wife, Barbara, at her estate sales business.



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