Retirement payouts raise questions in Mexico Beach

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM.

Komarek also recommended that the city hire a lawyer well-versed in insurance to investigate further.

Police Chief Glenn Norris said he couldn’t be involved in the investigation because his wife is on the list of former employees not compensated.

“It’s my understanding that some of those employees have been asking for money for years,” said Councilwoman Tanya Castro. “We need to take care of this quickly.”

In Bay County there is a 5-year statute of limitations for criminal activity and Castro said that in this case, the statute was expired.

“Maybe it has, maybe it hasn’t,” said Komarek. “Sometimes, statutes run from when the incident occurred, and other times, from when it was discovered.”

Komarek said that Hutchinson claimed she called the insurance company in 2008 to inquire about the validity of the check and was told it safe to deposit. The city will have to work to verify those claims.

“Once we get more information from the insurance company, maybe that can help guide us,” said Mayor Al Cathey.

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