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Lawmaker wants answers in FSCJ probe

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Updated: 10/25/2012 5:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The lawmaker leading the charge against problems at FSCJ is demanding answers.

He wants to know why the president is getting a golden parachute after a major student loan foul-up. We're also hearing from a board member who says he's going too far.

"Con man, wheeler dealer, doubt that his word is good" are just some of the phrases Senator Steve Oelrich says came from Dr. Steven Wallace's own references when he applied to be the president of FSCJ. "We're talking about a man who spent $100,000 in one year on liquor," said Sen. Oelrich.

Oelrich put it all in a letter to the governor. It's the second letter the state senator sent requesting a grand jury investigation. But he says the Governor,
Attorney General, even State Attorney Angela Corey are not taking his calls. "I can't seem to get any attention to make the right thing happen," said Sen. Oelrich.

Oelrich first called for an investigation in September. Weeks later, the governor told the Inspector General to look at all the finances after the board of trustees approved a $1.2 million golden parachute contract for Wallace. The college owes nearly $5 million for mistakingly awarding Pell Grants.
  
Now Oelrich is calling for the governor to remove the board members who put their interests above the college's. "It's an organization that literally used their authority to steal taxpayer funds over the years," said Sen. Oelrich.

One board member is speaking out to Action News. Major General Doug Burnett was the only person who voted against Wallace's new contract. He wasn't sure it would be rescinded, but maybe amended. "I'm concerned he's painted the entire board with the same brush and I don't think that's fair."

Senator Oelrich just hopes something is done to use taxpayers money wisely. "I'm afraid ultimately nothing will be done," said Sen. Oelrich.
     
We did reach out to the board chair, Dr. Wallace and the governor's office. Wallace is out of town. The governor's office didn't respond. The chair had no comment. As for the state attorney, all her office would say is they received the letter.
 
The next meeting for the FSCJ board of trustees is on November 6th. One board member told us he expects Wallace's new contract to be a topic of discussion.

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