Okaloosa TDC probe expands

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM.

Aramark holds the catering contract at the convention center.

The county allocated $3,000 for food for the party from a fund created by accumulating credit card expenditure rebates.

Sandee Launch, who works in County Administrator Jim Curry’s office, said she told Bellinger “repeatedly” that no more than the allotted $3,000 could be spent for the party.

The budgeted $3,000 shows up in one county expense report, and another check for $1,525 — also to food-provider Aramark — turned up in another invoice that passed through Gary Stanford’s office.

Stanford, who works for the Clerk of Courts office, serves as the county’s finance director.

The invoice states the second check to Aramark was written for a Dec. 10 event at the convention center.

Stanford, in complying with a Daily News public records request, found both Aramark expenditures and $1,292 in other holiday event invoices. The $1,292 included the $839 for the Wii games.

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