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Florida city could be dissolved due to corruption

Florida City Could Be Dissolved Due To Corruption

This Florida town might be so corrupt it could be literally wiped off the map.

A new report from CNN details the rampant corruption charges facing officials in Hampton, Florida - from the town's mayor, Barry Layne Moore, who's in jail on drug charges, to police officers who've set up a notorious speed trap to a case involving $1 million in missing funds.

More specifically, a report from The Florida Times-Union says officials 'found sloppy record keeping, that a former clerk had been overpaid by $9,000 and that the city spent $27,000 without showing it was used for a public purpose.'

Florida state lawmakers began calling for the town to be dissolved last month after a state audit of the city's books found 31 violations of local, state and federal law, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

CNN reports if Hampton is dissolved, it would become part of unincorporated Bradford County. Now, residents in the tiny town of 477 people are trying to fight back.

A Facebook page was setup called 'Save Our Town Of Hampton, Fla.'

One of the city's former mayors, Jim Mitzel, told WAWS, 'The government bailed out General Motors, the government bailed out Chrysler. Why can't the State of Florida bail out Hampton? Don't shut our town down.'

Florida state officials agreed to delay moving forward with a plan to dissolve the city, allowing Hampton four weeks to clean up its act and prove it can govern itself.

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hmaybe44 March 10 2014 at 2:00 PM

every one that violated the law or did not follow procedures should be chared and jailed

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courtlady7 March 10 2014 at 2:20 PM

Sad to hear, but not surprising. We've had similiar events in Bell and Vernon, Calif and the trials are still going on. Voters really need to be more aware of who they elect; we obviously can't rely on government to oversee itself. So much focus on national politics, we ignore what's going on in our own neighborhoods.

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viarizzoli March 10 2014 at 9:37 AM

Even the investigators are corrupt. Take the county of St. Johns, please! A judge, in his final order of divorce, attributes acts of wrong doing to a son the husband does not even have. The judge bends over backwards for the physician wife who indicated in court bankruptcy documents a litany of falsehoods and contradictions. Even her divorce attorney declared the physician wife had a "cash business." Duh, I wonder what that business was!

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twogjoe March 10 2014 at 9:34 AM

This group should be treated as a business person would be treated if theyhad failed to follow proper procedures. Bail out? Ha.

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rhodesbarn March 10 2014 at 2:22 PM

I hope they all go to the slammer. There use to be a town called Shamrock Okla. same thing happened the state pulled their ticket and even took down the city limit sign. now no cops, no fire dept or sanitation.

All these small towns need investigating starting with Ahra, Okla...........

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kerry March 10 2014 at 9:33 AM

Its no different then the corrupt town/city of Inglis,Fl on rte. 19 just north of Crystal River!! Corrupt commissioners,police,mayor,water-maintenance dept. The police dept. had many different high profile badges along with forged documents of all kinds. A town/city with 2,700 people[ [a third being kids] that had on an average of 12 police officers who also broke the law by patroling state rte 40 and levy county roads on the assumption of being special officers.
the state of florida knew about this but did nothing. It finally took the guts of a few good people
to finally get a law on the books for their town through a city wide vote that enabled them to get rid of the corruption. and with no help from levy county or the state of florida.
How about all you media people checking it out cause you'll get a damn good story !!!!!!

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msgoe March 10 2014 at 2:37 PM

lets put that int perspective ... a town of 477 people are missing a million in "funds" most small sized subdivisions have more residents than that ... it should be immediatly obvious if that much money was missing and they want to keep their town ??
sounds like it is a little too much for them

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jbraidedbeauty1 March 10 2014 at 2:37 PM

wiped off the map... pulease.... all those corrupt scandalous people need to be put under the jail! thats a damn shame..all that money, overpaying a clerk by 9,000 is just outrageous,, they need to open the jaikl and let the marijuana sellers out and put these corrupt people under the jail... with one side for muderers, rapist and those pitiful pedophile child molestors,, but a special place nneds to be there for these money stealing thieves. And they are the first ones to cry about folks on food stamps and welfare! gime me a effing break!

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jeff March 10 2014 at 9:31 AM

…town's mayor, Barry Layne Moore.

Their Barry is about the same as our Barry.

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jlsindy March 10 2014 at 9:30 AM

Surely they would not welcome a 'government bailout'!!!!! No libersls down there.

Maybe they need a looser 'stand your ground' law - then take the 'law' into their own hands.

With only a little over 400 people in the town - most must have been "looking the other way" as these things occurred - burrying heads in sand - as in towns that small - not much is secret!

Trouble is, in 4 weeks they have to see if they can find any honest people capable of doing the jobs needed!

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