Fired ‘Front Porch’ Liaison Found Guilty after Being Investigated by CFO Sink’s Office of Fiscal Integrity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2009 CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, (850) 413-2842
FIRED ‘FRONT PORCH’ LIAISON FOUND GUILTY AFTER BEING INVESTIGATED BY CFO SINK’S OFFICE OF FISCAL INTEGRITY
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today commended the work of her department’s Office of Fiscal Integrity for their role in a joint investigation that led to the conviction of Thelma Manley, former community liaison for Front Porch Pensacola, on four counts of grand theft and one count of racketeering. Because of the joint investigation with CFO Sink’s Office of Fiscal Integrity, the Department of Community Affairs, and the 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Manley faces between 5 ½ and 85 years for misappropriating $164,000 during a five year period and her sentencing is set for September 30, 2009.
“I commend the work of our Office of Fiscal Integrity for putting a stop to Ms. Manley stealing money from those who need it most,” said CFO Sink. “Holding Thelma Manley accountable for her blatant disregard for the people of Pensacola sends a clear signal that we will crack down on this kind of corruption and fraud.”
Manley’s arrest in 2008 resulted from a year-long joint investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Office of Fiscal Integrity, the Department of Community Affairs Office of Inspector General, and the 1st Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office. The investigation indicated Manley allegedly converted state funds, as well as other funds received from other local non-profit organizations for personal use. The funds were earmarked for the Pensacola Front Porch Revitalization program to provide services to people in need. The monies were funded with grants originating from the Department of Community Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Education, and Gulf Power Company donations.
CFO Sink’s Office of Fiscal Integrity (OFI) was created in 1992 to investigate allegations of fraud, waste and abuse of state monies and resources. OFI is a criminal justice agency with full statutory subpoena authority. Staff consists of investigators, investigative analysts and sworn law enforcement personnel to carry out its mission. OFI frequently conducts investigations jointly with local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.