The city of Tallahassee turned over 90,000 pages of documents to the FBI on Wednesday morning complying with subpoenas handed down last month by a federal grand jury meeting in Tallahassee.
The subpoenas were issued to the city and the local Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) by the grand jury on June 13 as part of a criminal investigation being conducted along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney.
The subpoenas asked for all communications between city employees, city commissioners and the CRA over the last five years involving multiple CRA projects. The CRA’s oversight board is made up of city and county commissioners.
The subpoenas also asked for all communications involving specific individuals and businesses.
City officials say it took more than 100 hours to assemble the files that were requested. Included in the documents were emails, reports, applications, financial data, and other documents. In a statement released by the city, a spokeswoman said the requested documents were delivered within the agreed upon timeframe
Specifically, the FBI sought all documents submitted to the city and the CRA by eight individuals and more than a dozen companies that they own. Those documents range from checks or wire transfers to any of those mentioned, as well as any applications, bids and proposals by those named in the subpoenas.
Among those who were named were Adam Corey a former campaign treasurer to Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Corey is a lobbyist and co-owner of a restaurant located within a city park in the downtown area that received city assistance.
Shortly after the subpoenas were issued, Gillum issued a statement saying the FBI had indicated to him that he is not the focus of the investigation.
The grand jury operates in secret and there is no way of gauging how long the investigation will last or when it started. Although, based on FBI case numbers and dates mentioned in the subpoenas, it would appear it has been underway for at least a couple of years.