Associated Press Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The mayor of a small Florida Panhandle city has been suspended from office following an arrest on forgery charges.
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday removing Monticello Mayor Idella Scott from office. The governor and mayor are not related.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Idella Scott on Wednesday and charged her with forgery, uttering a forged instrument and grand theft.
According to the FDLE, Scott was working as a deputy clerk at the Jefferson County Tax Collector's Office in January when she deposited a check for nearly $700 into her personal bank account. The check was supposed to be a payment for the renewal of a vehicle registration.
Press Release: Governor's Press Office
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed an order suspending Monticello Mayor Idella Scott from office.
Press Release: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
MONTICELLO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center today arrested the City of Monticello Mayor Idella Scott, 51, on charges of grand theft, forgery and uttering.
FDLE began investigating Scott in August 2013 at the request of Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs. While employed as a deputy clerk at the Jefferson County Tax Collector’s Office, Scott allegedly deposited a check for $697.25 into her personal checking account that she received as payment for the renewal of a vehicle registration.
Scott was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on $3,000 bond. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit.