Grand Jury finds no criminal wrongdoing in DeFuniak Springs financial audit investigation

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Grand Jury report on the investigation of DeFuniak Springs has found no criminal or intentional wrongdoing on the part of city officials in connection with the missed deadlines to file audits.

The investigation began as a result of DeFuniak Springs forfeiting tax revenues of more than $220,000 due to the city missing annual deadlines to file financial audits.

According to the report, the City has missed audit deadlines four years in a row. Two of those years resulted in the $220,000 being forfeited and the city will forfeit more tax revenues beginning in mid-February.

According to the report, the investigation found "a systematic problem exists within the City government that directly contributed to the delinquent audits and other financial issues."

It goes on to state, "...A certain culture existed within the City in the last several years that included a lack of transparency by some upper-level city officials not keeping the City Council informed of pressing issues, a concern of retaliation felt by some employees if certain suggestions or complaints were made, and general lack of urgency by several officials and prior employees."

To read the full Grand Jury Report released by the State Attorney's Office Wednesday, you can find it attached to this article.