Another Subpoena Issued in Tallahassee Corruption Case, This one Names City Commissioner Scott Maddox

by | Sep 15, 2017

Another federal subpoena has been served on the city of Tallahassee asking for copies of any communications between City Commissioner Scott Maddox, his aides, an associate and the CEO of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (DIA).

The city of Tallahassee turned over 90,000 pages of documents to the FBI back in July after  being subpoenaed by a federal grand jury meeting in Tallahassee.

The subpoenas were issued to the city as part of a criminal investigation being conducted by the  FBI and the U.S. Attorney.

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox

Maddox is the first elected official to be named in any of three subpoenas that have been issued.

The latest order asks for all communications since January 2012 between Maddox, his aide Allie Merzer Fleming, DIA Executive Director  Paige Carter-Smith, and political consultant and former Leon County Commissioner Gary Yordon.

Carter-Smith, a long-time friend and business associate of Maddox, was also named in the two subpoenas previously handed down in June.

The latest subpoena, which was dated on Sept. 6, orders Tallahassee city officials to deliver the copies of the documents to the U.S. District Courthouse or FBI office in Tallahassee by Oct. 3.

“While I am unaware of any specifics in this inquiry, it is clear that I am included in the big net currently being cast,” Maddox said in a written statement released Friday afternoon. “As my voting record clearly shows, I have always protected the taxpayers’ money and advocated in their best interest. This community knows how responsive my office has been to their needs and that will not waver as we cooperate fully with whatever is asked of us.”

Maddox, an attorney and former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, was first elected to the city commission in 1993 and became mayor in 1997. In 2003, he stepped down as mayor  and tried his hand in statewide politics–running unsuccessfully for attorney general, agriculture commissioner and governor. He regained a seat on the city commission in 2012.

The Tallahassee city attorney says his office will fully comply with the subpoena.

 

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