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Lynn Haven city officials charged in Hurricane Michael corruption scheme

Posted at 5:22 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 17:22:22-05

(WTXL) — As people in Bay County tried to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Michael, others wanted to profit off of the disaster.

Lynn Haven city officials allegedly took part in a scheme that billed the city for millions, for work that was never done.

The indictment says the Lynn Haven city manager worked with Erosion Control Specialists and Green Leaf Lawn Care of Bay County.

It says they submitted false invoices for services they claimed to have performed, but never actually did.

"It was discovered that most of many and most of the ECS invoices that had been paid had no detail in support of the required payments," said an official. "When directed to provide additional documentation for the monies requested and already paid, Mr. White gave false timesheets prepared by defendant Rodriguez."

Prosecutors say ECS even billed the city $35 an hour for employees and $90 an hour for supervisors for work that wasn't even done.

Authorities seized all of the vehicles and other expensive items allegedly bought with the illegal profits.

All of the defendants are charged with multiple counts of fraud and money laundering.