City of Tallahassee hands over documents to FBI

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee has turned over 150,000 documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that were requested in a federal subpoena.

The subpoena was delivered to the city in September and demanded all communication over the last five years between City Commissioner Scott Maddox and several of his key business associates, including political consultant Gary Yordon, Downtown Improvement Authority CEO Paige Carter-Smith and Maddox's city aide Allie Fleming.

The city said in a statement on Wednesday:

"This morning, the City of Tallahassee provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with approximately 150,000 electronic records containing communications requested in a subpoena dated September 6, 2017. In cooperation with the FBI, the City will provide approximately 1,500 additional records in the coming weeks. These records, that are non-electronic (brochures, notes, etc.), were screened by the FBI this morning and require additional time for City staff to convert to a digital format for delivery."

Those documents were originally due in court October 3. However, last week the city said it was working with the FBI to extend the deadline.

In an email, Deputy City Attorney Cassandra Jackson said, "The City Attorney has been in conversation with the FBI and the FBI has agreed to extend the time to provide the documents requested by the subpoena. The City Attorney will be in further conversation with the FBI at the end of the week as to when the documents will be provided."

It's the second document dump made by the city. The first included 90,000 documents and was in response to two initial subpoenas- one to the city and one to the Community Redevelopment Agency- that requested documents from a short list of business people and about a dozen local businesses.

Named on those subpoenas are Paige Carter-Smith; Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve; JT Burnette, a local developer who has worked on projects including Hotel Duval; and Adam Corey, developer of the City backed restaurant The Edison, as well as Mayor Andrew Gillum’s former campaign treasurer.

Among the documents turned over were emails, reports, financial data and more.

The city said it took 100 hours to comply those documents.

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