DESTIN, Fla. -- The federal government has seized a Florida Panhandle home bought by a former tourism director with public money sent by BP after the 2010 oil spill.
The Northwest Florida Daily News report that a federal judge signed an order Friday turning over the Destin home to government authorities.
Former Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council director Mark Bellinger died May 4 of an apparent drug overdose days after being accused of misusing the money from BP to buy the home. He also admitted to using tax dollars to buy a yacht.
His widow signed away all rights to the property in June. Officials say proceeds from the sale of the house will be used to reimburse the county for its losses.