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FDLE investigating allegations against Wakulla County Property Appraiser's office

Posted at 5:16 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 17:49:58-05

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating allegations against Wakulla County Property Appraiser Brad Harvey and his office.

FDLE confirms that they received allegations related to Property Appraiser Brad Harvey and his office but would not comment on what exactly those allegations entailed. They did tell ABC 27 that the investigation involves claims related to his office's "official duties."

A spokesperson for the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners sent us a copy of the letter they sent to Governor Ron DeSantis, State Attorney Jack Campbell, FDLE, Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller, and several other individuals.

"Because it has been alleged that the misuse and misappropriation of funds is ongoing, the County urges you to take immediate and swift action to stop any future waste or theft of public moneys and to restore integrity to the Office of the Property Appraiser," the letter reads.

Inside the letter, the county details some of the complaints against Harvey made by multiple people, including employees.

According to that letter, Harvey is accused of misusing his property appraiser card to purchase personal items, paying himself extra money toward his salary from public funds, paying travel expenses for his friends and family members, and opening separate accounts to misappropriate the money.

Additionally, Harvey is also accused of failing to pay payroll taxes to the IRS, which would make his subject to a nearly $60,000 federal tax lien.

FDLE says their investigation began in October 2019 and has been going ever since. There's no timeline on how long the case will take and no one has been arrested at this time.

We've called the property appraiser's office and have not gotten an answer.