FDLE arrests former Brevard Clerk of Court and local lobbyist
MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday arrested former State Representative Mitch Needelman, 60, and his one-time business partner, lobbyist William Matthew Dupree, 47.
The two were charged with bid tampering and bribery related to the BlueWare scanning contract signed by Needelman when he was the Brevard County Clerk of the Court. Needelman is also charged with official misconduct for allegedly directing employees to use private email accounts to circumvent public records laws.
In addition to Needelman and Dupree, an arrest warrant has been issued for BlueWare CEO Rose Harr, 55, also on bid tampering and bribery charges.
The investigation began in July 2012 when FDLE received information alleging Needelman approved Brevard County Clerk of Court contracts with BlueWare in exchange for personal financial gain for himself and Dupree. The investigation focused on a multi-million dollar scanning contract for digitization of Brevard County records even though, at the time, BlueWare had no equipment to scan the documents.