JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A clerk of courts employee is facing a criminal investigation after more than a million dollars in checks were allegedly found in her office.
Cynthia Gardner hasn't been to work in months. The accounting supervisor at the Duval County Clerk of Courts Office was suspended. Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell tells Action News Gardner mishandled more than $1.3 million.
"I haven't done anything wrong," said Gardner.
Fussell went through all the allegations with Action News. He said more than a half-million dollars in checks was just laying around Gardner's office, and some of the checks were uncashed. He said more than $820 thousand in tax deed sales weren't completed.
Fussell showed Action News documents with checks dating as far back as 2008. One of them was a $90,000 check from the state issued in 2010.
Fussell wanted Gardner fired, but a civil service board disagreed and said he couldn't.
"They said we find you guilty, but we don't think you should be fired. I disagree," said Fussell.
"I have to defend myself because the charges are egregious," said Gardner.
Some of this money would've gone to the clerk's budget, some to charities and some to third parties. Fussell said there is also a criminal investigation.
According to the civil service board, Gardner will have to have a written reprimand put in her file and has to be demoted. The Clerk of Courts office didn't know when she would return to work.