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Property Appraiser Rick Singh Accused Of Misspending Taxpayer Money, Sexual Harassment

Image: OCPA Rick Singh, twitter.com

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh is being accused of spending taxpayer money on personal travel, spending tens of thousands of county dollars on his own re-election, and asking staff to lie to his wife about strippers being brought to the office.

The whistleblower lawsuit, filed by Singh’s former director of finance and his communications director, also alleges Singh misused tens of thousands of public dollars on his own re-election campaigns by, for example, requiring staff to work campaign events and buying election supplies through the office.

Singh is also accused of using taxpayer money for nine personal trips, including an $8,342 trip to Spain.

The property appraiser did not respond to immediate requests for comment, but a spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel many of the allegations had already been investigated and found without merit.

Singh is also accused of sexually harassing the two employees who filed the suit, using a racial slur and sexist language. According to the lawsuit, which you can read here, those allegations were submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and were dismissed.

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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »