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Last item from Okaloosa Co TDC scandal auctioned off online today
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- OKALOOSA COUNTY - The last purchases from an Okaloosa County spending scandal are being auctioned off online. Former TDC director Mark Bellinger misused one-point- seven million dollars in county bed taxes and BP money.
More than a million dollars has been recovered, as items like a motorhome, yacht, and golf course home were sold off. Custom motorcycles and high-end furniture will be sold on the county's new online auction site.
Laura Hussey "Here they are, the custom Emerald Coast motorcycles you've heard so much about by now. They're artist signed by Bourget. Will they go for two-thousand dollars or fifty-thousand? It remains to be seen."
The former tourism director told employees the bikes, worth 120 thousand dollars, were going to be used for a promotion. Now they're promoting Okaloosa County's new system for selling surplus merchandise....an online auction.
Shannon Smith/FWB "I think that any way they can get the money back, for the good of Okaloosa County."
More than forty thousand dollars' worth of furniture Bellinger ordered is on the auction site too.....as well as more traditional county surplus like medical equipment, computers and radios.
Zan Fedorak/purchasing director "Previously we had done surplus by... you showed up on a Saturday morning, and if you couldn't make it, you didn't get to participate."
Purchasing director Zan Fedorak says now, anyone in the world can bid.
Keith Jette/Wicked Paint "I think it's a cool idea, it gives more people a chance to pick up cool stuff."
Friday morning, bidding on each bike was under two grand. Fedorak anticipates Ebay-style bidding wars when the auctions near closing.
It can't go high enough for some people, after the county took a loss on things like Bellinger's house and boat.
Barbara McKain/FWB "Hopefully we'll make it back on those motorcycles."
Laura Hussey "The bikes have been in storage a while. They're about to be detailed so they'll be gleaming and ready for their new owner.... the high bidder. The auction site is