JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax's Lorena Inclan is working to get reaction from Mayor Lenny Curry about Councilman Garrett Dennis' call for an investigation into his administration. She will have a live report on CBS47 Action News Jax at 5.
A Jacksonville City Council member is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate allegations of fraud involving high-ranking members of the mayor's staff.
In a letter written to the Department of Justice, Councilman Garrett Dennis said an investigation is "imperative."
Dennis, a longstanding and vocal critic of Mayor Lenny Curry, asked for an investigation into possible fraud involving the mayor's administration.
In the letter, dated Aug. 14 and sent to U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, Dennis expressed "serious concerns regarding allegations of procurement fraud by high ranking individuals in the office of Mayor Lenny Curry."
It went on to say, "I request that the Department of Justice investigate whether any crimes have been committed."
Action News Jax reported last week on a 2018 memo by Joe Peppers, the CEO of the Kids Hope Alliance, who said he felt pressured by Curry staffers when it came to the awarding of grant money to nonprofits.
KHA is a city agency that carries out city-supported youth programs such as after school programs and early learning.
One day later, we broke the news that Peppers was placed on paid leave because of an inspector general investigation into alleged misconduct.
The mayor's office has denied doing anything wrong. A city of Jacksonville spokesperson sent the following statement to Action News Jax:
Dennis released the following statement after Action News Jax reported on his letter to the DOJ:
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