First indictments in FBI investigation could come by November

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By: Mike Vasilinda | Capitol News Service
September 29, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- A massive investigation into city government contracting in the state capital has been underway since 2015. Those close to the investigation say the first indictments could come as early as November.

Two subpoenas seeking development records were delivered to City Hall in June. A third subpoena, naming Commissioner Scott Maddox, dropped earlier this month.

Days later, a picture of Maddox, a developer, and undercover FBI agents in Las Vegas surfaced.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor, was also photographed with the agents on a boat in New York City.

Commissioner Gil Ziffer, who has not been named in any documents, calls the investigation "distracting."

"Clearly, there is a cloud over us and everybody is aware of it and you can't help it," he said. "I mean, what can you do when somebody asks about it? But we still have a lot of things we need to deal with.

"We need to deal with the high crime issue," Ziffer continued.

The City has already turned over 90,000 documents, and more are still to come.

A federal grand jury meets November 3.

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