City of Tallahassee to appear before grand jury in July

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 14:45:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The FBI is asking for records from the City of Tallahassee as part of a federal investigation.

A federal investigation is now being launched into deals that involve business owners and developers in Tallahassee. A federal subpoena is asking for communication of all sorts between the city of Tallahassee and the Community Redevelopement Agency.

The subpoena asks for five years of records submitted to the city and the CRA from a list of 25 individuals or entities.

Any documents, reports, evaluations, the FBI wants it all.

First, the subpoena calls for the city to testify before a grand jury, bringing all of the requested records from April 2012 to now.

Second, while the subpoena mentions 25 individuals and entities, it doesn't provide any additional info about why they're on the list. They include the Edison Restaurant and Adam Corey, who worked on Mayor Andrew Gillum's campaign.

And finally, the subpoena asks for any communication between those on the list and the city of Tallahassee, including city commissioners.

The city attorney has issued the following statement: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has requested Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency and City of Tallahassee records. Other than the request for information by subpoena, the city has no further information on this matter. City staff is fully cooperating and has begun gathering the requested records."

Mayor Gillum was not mentioned in the subpoena by name. There's no direct tie to the mayor, aside from records involving the city commission.

Commissioner Scott Maddox has issued a statement, saying: "As with the rest of the City Commission, I’ve been briefed on the requests and I have assurance from the City Attorney and staff that they are doing all they can to comply. I have confidence in their ability to handle this with the professionalism the City of Tallahassee is known for and I’m sure they will remain in contact with the media and our constituents as to the progress of these requests.” 

And the mayor's "Gillum for Governor" communications director Geoff Burgan offered up this statement saying: "We expect the city to respond fully and completely to the subpoena, and we hope the situation is resolved quickly."

The subpoena calls for the city to appear before a grand jury on July 11th.

WTXL has reached out to the U.S. Attorney's office for more information and are still waiting to hear back.