City working with FBI to extend due date for requested documents

By: Mariel Carbone
October 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- The City of Tallahassee says it will not be handing over the requested information by the Tuesday deadline, as stated on a federal subpoena.

In an email, Deputy City Attorney Cassandra Jackson stated, "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."

A third subpoena was issued to the City of Tallahassee last month related to the FBI's ongoing investigation into downtown development deals in Tallahassee.

The subpoena,which was dated September 6, requested five years worth of communications from Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox, any of his aides, Downtown Improvement Authority CEO Paige Carter Smith and media/political consultant Gary Yordon. It was the first time in the investigation that an elected official was named.

Documents were to be due in to the U.S. District Courthouse by 9 a.m. on October 3.

It is not yet clear when the documents will be delivered.

On July 12, the city handed over 90,000 documents to the FBI, which were requested in two federal subpoenas issued in June.

The two subpoenas, which were dated on June 13, demanded documents and communication related to a list of power players in Tallahassee. Among that list are Paige Carter-Smith, Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Authority; 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. Documents turned over included emails, reports, financial data and more.

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

Although the subpoenas said the documents were due by July 11 at 9 a.m., the City said it coordinated with the FBI and delivered everything within an agreed upon time frame.

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