FBI Requesting Walton County Commissioners Email Records

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

The FBI is now looking into the e-mailing habits of Walton County commissioners.

The new development comes after a judge ruled commissioners did not violate Florida's open record laws by sending e-mails from their personal accounts but the FBI has already subpoenaed the e-mails through the Walton County attorney.

Walton County resident Suzanne Harris mentioned a possible FBI investigation last month, during her public records violation lawsuit.

Newschannel 7 is learning there may be something to that.

On june 11th, the FBI subpoena documented email communications between 2004-2008, specifically identifying Commission Chairman Scott Brannon, Commissioner Cecilia Jones, and e-mails between any commissioner and developer Lloyd Blue.

In addition, the feds wanted records and e-mails between former County Commissioner Ro Cuchens, other commissioners, Destin developer Jay Odom, and several others along with some LLC businesses.

They've requested all information on the Freeport Regional Sports Complex that built on Odom's Hammock Bay development in Freeport and donated to the city.

County officials say it's premature to speculate anything

"It's really hard to answer to rumor; right now there's a lot of rumor out there and a lot of misinformation of what this may or may not be" Luis Svehla, Walton County's Public Information Officer.

Most believe it appears to be the beginning stages of an investigation.

"We don't know where it's gonna go. We don't know what it is or what it isn't. Right now, it's just a subpoena requesting information which we provided" added Svehla.

The county will not yet be required to appear in court because attorney Toni Craig has submitted the subpoenaed documents and files.


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