OKALOOSA, Fla. (WALA) - The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said its investigation into misused Tourist Development Council (TDC) funds has expanded to include "outside entities."
In a statement released Friday, the OSCO said the FBI will join in to investigation possibly misappropriated federal BP oil spill related money.
The investigation started on May 2 with the discovery of the former director of the TDC's unauthorized purchase of a $710,000 yacht.
Law enforcement say the investigation has widened since then.
Sheriff Larry Ashley said, "With the expanded scope of the investigation, I want to assure the public that it will be as thorough and detailed as possible."
Ashley went on to say that the investigation will likely be a time-consuming process and that results would be "released at the appropriate time."
In addition to the FBI, the Florida Auditor General's office, State Attorney's office and Okaloosa Constitutional and County departments will help with the investigation as well.
"A great deal of law enforcement resources are being committed," he said.
Ashley said the Sheriff's Office is welcoming anyone with information on questionable TDC expenditures or practices to contact their criminal investigations Division at (850) 609-2000.
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