LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Renovations were just finished on a three-story home in the heart of Fruitland Park that belongs to Mayor Chris Bell.
Those allegations are under
"I welcome it actually. The FDLE is doing a review. What we're
Former Commissioner Jim Richardson filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
It says the mayor received construction services from Charles Rector, a city employee.
In his complaint, Richardson claims the mayor never paid
Rector and used city time to complete the work.
"Was any of the work done on city time or with city money to your knowledge?" Eyewitness News' Ryan Hughes asked.
"No, absolutely not," Bell said.
Richardson claims the mayor misused his office and was involved in unlawful compensation for official behavior.
The complaint also mentions Police Chief Terry Isaacs.
Richardson claims the chief committed perjury and lied nearly a dozen times during a
video-recorded deposition taken for a retaliation lawsuit.
That suit was recently settled and Richardson got $150,000 from the city.