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2024

Investigates: Broken promise in Jacksonville affordable housing as free property turned profits
Date: July 8, 2024
Summary: As Jacksonville leads the state in evictions and rents are sky-high, Action News Jax found the city has dropped the ball in a big way when it comes to affordable housing. A report by the Office of Inspector General shows the city has been giving away property to people who say they’ll build affordable housing but failed to make sure the new owners followed through.

Jacksonville Inspector General report questions how Clara White Mission spent millions in taxpayer dollars
Date: July 3, 2024
Summary: Jacksonville’s inspector general is cracking down on the relationship between the city and a nonprofit helping the homeless community.
A new report from the inspector general found “significant deficiencies” in oversight of the way Clara White Mission is using grant funding.

Inspector General says city failed in oversight of grants to Clara White Mission
Date: July 1, 2024
Summary: The city of Jacksonville failed to adequately oversee grants awarded to to Clara White Mission, the nonprofit headed by City Council member Ju'Coby Pittman, and the organization could not provide accurate data for how many people it serves in its program that give meals to the homeless, according to a city Office of Inspeneral General report issued Monday.

IG reveals $138k in questionable purchases at Duval Supervisors of Elections Office
Date: March 27, 2024
Summary: Action News Jax: The Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office protects the integrity of elections, but there are new questions about the accounting integrity of the office. In a new report, the City of Jacksonville’s Office of Inspector General concluded an employee “amassed over $138,000 of questionable purchasing card transactions with no corresponding receipts” from March 2020 through December 2023.

City of Jacksonville review finds $341K in unreported fraud involving money for emergency rental grants
Date: January 18, 2024
Summary: During a review of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), Jacksonville's Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported that it uncovered five previously unreported cases of fraud involving more than $314,000. The OIG referred those five cases to state and federal prosecutors for criminal prosecution. 

2023

Inspector General examines management of nearly $2 million for public housing residents
Date: December 13, 2023
Summary: The Florida Times-Union: The Jacksonville Housing Authority board is awaiting the public release of a closely watched Inspector General's investigation in the coming days before deciding what action it might take for managing a program that provides utility allowances to residents.

OIG Review: Questions raised about $4.3M in Jacksonville resiliency contracts
Date: October 17, 2023
Summary: Action News Jax: A review by the City of Jacksonville’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded Chief Resilience Officer Anne Coglianese showed “preferential treatment” which led to $4.3 million in city contracts for resiliency consulting work awarded to companies that employ her former co-workers from Louisiana.

Two charged in relation to fraudulent assistance applications
Date: May 15, 2023
Summary: FirstCoastNews Report re: OIG investigation into fraudulent Mortgage, Rental, and Utility Assistance program applications (2022-0026)

2020

JEA Investigation
Date: September 23, 2020
Summary: ActionNewsJax Report re: JEA's Invitation to Negotiate #127-19 Release of Management Presentation (2020-0005) and regarding Contract Oversight Review JEA's Invitation to Negotiate #127-19 Process Review (2020-10-0004)

Investigation suggest former Kids Hope Alliance leader may have misused position
Date: September 21, 2020
Summary: Florida Times Union Report re:Investigation into Conduct of Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO (2019-0007WB) and Investigation into Alleged Preferential Treatment (2019-0008)

Inspector General report reveals sex scandal- alleged mismanagement- lack of oversight Kids Hope Alliance
Date: September 21, 2020
Summary: ActionNewsJax Report re: Investigation into Conduct of Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO (2019-0007WB) and Investigation into Alleged Preferential Treatment (2019-0008)

Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO had sex with subordinate - misused funds investigation finds
Date: September 21, 2020
Summary: News4jax Report re: Investigation into Conduct of Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO (2019-0007WB) and Investigation into Alleged Preferential Treatment (2019-0008)

2019

City calls for Jacksonville Housing Authority to fire CEO amid findings of sex acts on the job
Date: October 30, 2019
Summary: Action News Jax Report re: INVESTIGATION OF MISCONDUCT WITHIN JACKSONVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY (2018-0012 WB)

Jacksonville Housing CEO fired after report claims he had sex with employees
Date: October 30, 2019
Summary: First Coast News report re:  INVESTIGATION OF MISCONDUCT WITHIN JACKSONVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY (2018-0012 WB)

Bombshell Report on Jacksonville housing chief prompts special meeting
Date: October 30, 2019
Summary: News4JAX report re: INVESTIGATION OF MISCONDUCT WITHIN JACKSONVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY (2018-0012 WB)

Investigation: Jacksonville housing chief had sex with staffers & tenant
Date: October 28, 2019
Summary: News4Jax reporter Kelly Wiley re:  INVESTIGATION OF MISCONDUCT WITHIN JACKSONVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY (2018-0012 WB)

Report: Jacksonville Housing Authority CEO had sexual relationships with employees
Date: October 28, 2019
Summary: Florida Times Union article re: INVESTIGATION OF MISCONDUCT WITHIN JACKSONVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY (2018-0012 WB)

JEA Gym Manager Charged with Theft of Membership Dues
Date: June 5, 2019, 1:07 PM
Summary: Jacksonville Daily Record article re: THIRD JEA EMPLOYEE MISAPPROPRIATED JEA EMPLOYEE–OWNED GYM MEMBERSHIP DUES ( 2019-0001)

JEA Employee Accused of Stealing More Than $11,000 from Employee-owned Gym
Date: June 5, 2019 12:49 PM
Summary:  News 4 JAX article re: THIRD JEA EMPLOYEE MISAPPROPRIATED JEA EMPLOYEE–OWNED GYM MEMBERSHIP DUES ( 2019-0001)

JEA Changing Gym Oversight, Following Employee Arrests
Date: June 4, 2019 2:02 PM
Summary: News 104.5 WOKV article re: Summary: News 104.5 WOKV article re: THIRD JEA EMPLOYEE MISAPPROPRIATED JEA EMPLOYEE–OWNED GYM MEMBERSHIP DUES ( 2019-0001)

2018

Three JEA Employees Who Manage the Utility's Employee-operated Gyms on a Volunteer Basis Came Under Scrutiny Over the Last Year
Date: December 20, 2018
Summary: News 4 JAX video re: several OIG investigations ( 2017-0009, 2017-0010, 2018-0003, and 2018-0004)

Report Finds Financial and Oversight Deficiencies at JEA Gyms
Date: December 20, 2018
Summary: Jax Daily Record article re: REVIEW OF JEA EMPLOYEE-OWNED GYMS (2018-0003)

City investigation finds more problems with JEA's employee-operated gyms
Date: December 12, 2018
Summary: News 4 JAX article re: REVIEW OF JEA EMPLOYEE-OWNED GYMS (2018-0003)

JEA Employee's Free Gym Membership Found to be Violation of Policy
Date: November 15, 2018
Summary:  News 4 JAX report re: INVESTIGATION FINDS JEA POLICY VIOLATIONS, PROMPTS FURTHER REVIEW OF JEA EMPLOYEE– OWNED GYMS (2017-0010)

Employee Placed in Pretrial Intervention Program after Investigation by the Office of Inspector General and the JSO
Date: October 29, 2018
Summary: Jax Daily Record article re: JEA EMPLOYEE MISAPPROPRIATED JEA GYM MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR PERSONAL USE AND VIOLATED SEVERAL JEA POLICIES (2017-0009)

JEA Employee Accused of Stealing from Employee-owned Gym
Date: October 17, 2018
Summary: News 4 JAX report re: JEA EMPLOYEE MISAPPROPRIATED JEA GYM MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR PERSONAL USE AND VIOLATED SEVERAL JEA POLICIES (2017-0009)