Former VAC director facing federal charges

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In 2015 we investigated the controversy surrounding Panama City's Visual Arts Center and its former director, Vicki Middlemas. She now faces federal charges.

Middlemas is facing fraud charges for allegedly stealing money from the VAC.

Middlemas started working as the executive director at the VAC in May 2010. In 2012, the VAC lost its nonprofit status for failure to file taxes for three years in a row. In 2015 at a Panama City Commission Meeting, Middlemas denied knowing the tax-exempt status had been lost in 2012 and said she had just found out a couple of weeks before the meeting.

This lawsuit, which is attached to this story, suggests Middlemas did know the VAC had lost its nonprofit title and hid that information so that she could continue receiving money from Panama City Commissioners. It also suggests Middlemas used company money to write herself checks and to pay for a vacation.