Federal agents probe Fort Myers officials
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Intrigue at Fort Myers City Hall. Federal agents showing up and asking questions.
They're talking with every Fort Myers city leader except the one person who's considered the top dog at city hall.
"I have not been interviewed," said Mayor Randy Henderson.
He says he hasn't been questioned by federal agents.
"What i think has happened is one or more people have complained to the DOJ, the FBI," added Henderson.
Fox 4 has learned both Assistant State Attorney Nicole Waid and FBI Special Agent Ryan Davis are in town fielding concerns from city officials. One person the Feds did question was Fort Myers City Manager Billy Mitchell.
"The US attorney asked questions about some land transactions and about the downtown riverfront redevelopment," said Mitchell.
He says they asked about conflicts of interest and possible government corruption.
"Is there government corruption in Fort Myers?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to Mitchell. "No, i don't believe so," he replied. "As far as i know, everything has been done legally and properly."
The US Attorney's Office says other topic discussed include gun violence, the rise in homicides and white collar fraud.
Ward Three Councilman Levon Simms met with the feds on Tuesday. He says they asked about projects in his district, including the former spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, City of Palms Park.
"Do you have any concerns about any of these deals?," Sarann asked Simms. "No, i haven't seen any red flags to say 'okay there's something suspicious about this'."
The US Attorney's Office confirms meeting with city leaders. But it won't confirm or deny whether an investigation is underway. But Fox 4 obtained a letter showing the DOJ's request to interview all six Fort Myers City Council members and four city employees. One person they didn't ask: Mayor Randy Henderson.
"Why do you think it is that you haven't been interviewed?" Sarann asked Henderson. "I simply don't know," he replied.
According to the letter, the last day federal agents will be meeting with city officials is Friday, July 12.