Arrest Warrant Issued For Okaloosa TDC Director Mark Bellinger

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.

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  • by Jim Location: Niceville on May 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM
    Well he's gone off and overdosed now. Who hired this man? Didnt anyone check his references first? I would propose every county commissioner be recalled for allowing this to happen. How many were in cahoots with this guy? How many were complicit?
  • by Henry Location: Panama City on May 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    I'm glad this story went to Joe Moore. Joe has paid his dues in Panama City and some of us prefer Joe because we know Joe doesn't spin any news--he reports it and reports it well. So, with this bozo who bought a yatch and a house with TDC money. What are we going to do about him? 6 months in minimum security? It's time people stop treating these "white collar" criminals with kids gloves. The families and lives they destroy are no less real than those destroyed any other criminal. Bring back the chain gang and put these criminals out there paying a real debt back.
  • by Duane Location: Florida on May 4, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    This Man only did what COUNTLESS of other people, along with the State of Florida did!!! If every case was handled, you would see countless fraudulant claims against BP Oil! Everyone saw a "free milk check" and went after it......These will be the first people to complain about the cost of gas!!! If the FBI wants to prosecute.......Start with the State of Florida itself!!!!!!
  • by Carla Location: Callaway on May 4, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    I don't think he's missing. He's hiding! Has anyone looked into how his car was purchased? Was his wife aware of any of this or was she completely blind-sided too? I hope everything is resolved for the sake of the citizens of Okaloosa County.
  • by John Location: Fort Walton Beach on May 4, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    Enough already! The entire Board of Okaloosa County Commissioners need to either resign or be recalled for incompetence and total lack of oversight. In addition the TDC should be closed down and it's work contracted out to an independent marketing company via a competitive bid process. State Attorney General along with the FBI need to investigate both the Okaloosa TDC and the Okaloosa County Commission for fraud and criminal activities.
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