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Nassau workers gone wild: Expense reports obtained

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Updated: 8/05/2010 4:12 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- Action News has the expense reports filed by the Nassau County workers accused of partying and playing at a hurricane conference.

It's the video everyone is talking about. Action News is learning how much of taxpayers dollars were spent and where. Some Nassau County leaders they want the whole story before they jump to conclusions.

There was heavy petting and one employee was caught on tape by a private investigator standing naked on a hotel balcony in broad daylight. Now more county leaders are looking into what really happened at the hurricane conference in Fort Lauderdale that cost tax payers thousands of dollars.

John Crawford is the county's clerk. He says there is some suspicion chief code enforcement officer Brenda Rothwell didn't stay in the hotel she submitted in her expenses. Her hotel costs about 400 dollars. "The evidence indicates that, and we're investigating that," said Crawford.

He says this video shows her naked on a balcony of the Bahia Mar hotel. She was supposed to stay at the Sheraton. That's why Crawford sent a letter to the chairman of the commission, asking the employees sign an affidavit to confirm that they stayed in the hotel rooms paid for by the county. If not, he wants them to pay back the money.

The county commissioner says he's not asking them to do that. "I want to make sure that regardless of what happened, these employees get a fair and legal shake. To me, doing that would be more of a redundency," said Mike Boyle. "With or without him, the office will do the investigation," said Crawford.

We went to Rothwell's home. Someone in her yard started yelling at us before we even got to the driveway. While the four employees are sitting at home, piles and piles of their expense reports and receipts are being investigated. "The other behaviors in the tapes are of no concern, strictly the financial," said Crawford.

Right now the four are suspended with pay. FDLE is also investigating the case. Five other employees from Nassau County attended the conference. They were not caught on camera.
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TheVetteMon - 8/6/2010 5:43 PM
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Thanks for not showing her naked, that could cause long term eye damage for sure.

Realchange - 8/5/2010 7:38 PM
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Everyone loves video in public now days with no privacy. Only wish we passed law requiring all politicans to be video tapped while at work. Imagine the amount of corruption and taxpayer waste it would cut down on. Wait sec then these people might have harder time making money on the side from lobbyists then. I am not big fan of cammeras on every corner but if we as society are going do it then public servants should be scrutinzed as well be they mayors or governors and they should be the first to put cammeras in their offices after all they are supposed to be representing the people.

lfmundy2002 - 8/5/2010 5:13 PM
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That gal had the nerve to be nude on the balcony. What a disgraceful body that only she could love. Fire all four (4). There are unemployed people with the qualifications of their positions that would love to serve Nassau County in a respectful, truthful and dignified manner.

davidjohnsfl - 8/5/2010 1:15 PM
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Not the best behavior but did they do anything illegal? And please stop showing the naked old woman on the news. Who cares if she was naked as long as we do not have to see it. Naked people are common in Miami. It is not like baptistville……….

MilitaryMan - 8/5/2010 10:24 AM
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Hey...I wanna know more of the lurid details of the "conference". These people married to other spouses I am sure. I used to attend "Professional Photographers of America" seminars and newspaper seminars, but we actually DID partake of the seminars. My boss in Delta Junction, Ak., made arrangements for myself and 3 others (2 males and 2 females) and the housing arrangements got messed up and one guy and one girl per room, but the housing office straightened that out. (Drat ! ! ).

SIGLINDA - 8/5/2010 8:16 AM
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EZZZE - 8/5/2010 6:25 AM
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Hope we don't get into thier privite lives, just report on if the money spent was it justified.
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