FDLE Concludes Inquiry Regarding Allegations of Improper Overpayments Against the Correctional Privatization Commission

On January 31, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct a preliminary inquiry regarding the allegations of improper overpayments made against the Correctional Privatization Commission (CPC) by the Geo Group and the Corrections Corporation of America relating to contracts entered into with the now defunct Commission. Since the Legislature dissolved the Commission in 2004, those contracts have been managed by the Department of Management Services.

This inquiry has concluded and the findings were presented to the Office of Governor Charlie Crist.

FDLE's inquiry found no evidence of criminal violations. The Florida Legislature reviewed CPC contracts and approved the CPC annual budget and there was no evidence that the budget requests were fraudulent or incomplete. Further, there was no evidence that any group or individual ever solicited or accepted any compensation in return for decisions that were favorable to the vendors.

Governor Crist concurs with the report and that no further action is merited. FDLE's investigative report is available upon request.

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001