The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Mortgage Fraud Task Force, has obtained an arrest warrant for TDC Director Mark Bellinger. An ongoing investigation by the sheriff's office has developed information that Bellinger used TDC funds to purchase a home in Destin.
The $747,000 home is located in the Kelly Plantation neighborhood of Destin and was purchased in August of 2011. Information indicates that some of the funds used to purchase the home may have come from moneys provided by BP to the Tourist Development Council following the oil spill in 2010.
A search to locate Bellinger continues following the discovery Thursday of a suicide note at the Destin residence. Bellinger's vehicle is also missing and is described as a 2011 Subaru Legacy 4 door sedan, bearing Florida Tag 262NFS. Anyone with information of Bellinger's location is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 850-651-7400.
The Northwest Florida Mortgage Fraud Task Force is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the OCSO and investigates white collar fraud related to the Mortgage Industry.