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Office furniture up for auction from the Bellinger scandal
Eighteen months ago, a spending scandal rocked the Okaloosa tourism department. Former Director Mark Bellinger used almost 2 million dollars of county money to buy things like a yacht and a golf course home.
Soon, almost 40 thousand dollars worth of office furniture will go up for auction. Bellinger used most of it in county offices, including the Destin Welcome Center that closed after the scandal.
About 6 thousand dollars worth of the furniture was found in his home. County leaders say an auction is their best shot at getting the money back, but they'll be lucky to recover even 25% of the value.
Stephaine Hastings says, "People aren't going to pay what they paid full price for that, especially if they know where it came from."
"No thanks. I have my own furniture, i don't need a thief's furniture in my house," says David Vaughan.
The yacht Bellinger bought for over 700 thousand dollars, was sold last march for about 400 thousand, as well as two RVs that cost 40 thousand each were sold for half that amount.
Bellinger also bought a golf course home with 750 thousand dollars in BP money.That was sold by the US Marshal's service for 577 thousand.
It's not clear how much of that will finally come back to the county.