Commissioner Akinyemi Accused of Failing to Pay Loan in Lawsuit

By: Andy Alcock Email
By: Andy Alcock Email

Leon County, FL - September 17, 2012

Letter Submitted by Commissioner Akinyemi:

Like other small businesses here in Tallahassee and around the country, my architecture firm is struggling in today's tough economy. I am working to absolve my company's debts. This has no affect on my ability to serve the citizens of Tallahassee. In fact, the challenges that I face in my business make me better able to identify with my constituents.

Thank you for your understanding,
Akin Akinyemi

Leon County, FL - September 14, 2012

There's a new lawsuit tonight against a local leader.

Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi is accused of failing to pay more than 41-thousand dollars of a nearly 43-thousand dollar loan he was given nearly a year ago.

Capital City Bank names Akinyemi and his firm Akin and Associates Architects.

Additionally, county records show Akinyemi does not list that loan in his most recent financial disclosure form filed this past June.

He lists his home mortgage as his only liability on that form.

In 2008, Florida's Ethics Commission ruled Akinyemi violated state law by failing to report a savings account, a certificate of deposit and the value of his ownership in a business.

He was fined $150, less than the cost of a ticket for running one of Tallahassee's red light cameras.

We were unable to reach Akinyemi for comment.

He's being challenged for re-election by Mary Ann Lindley this November.

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