The FBI is joining the investigation of a multi-million dollar scandal in Dothan after a child feeding program came under the microscope.
An email obtained by WTVY News 4 details allegations of misconduct by officials the city instructed to operate a feeding program that provided meals to children from low-income families.
An internal city investigation has already led to the firing of the feeding program administrator, and the FBI has been brought in.
Stephanie Wingfield, a 23-year employee with the city, was terminated after allegations surfaced that she rigged feeding program bids.
A restaurant owner claims Wingfield illegally disclosed her bid so another establishment could undercut the price.
The deal eventually went to a restaurant called Breakfast at Tammie’s.
Over three years, the city of Dothan paid Tammie’s $2.7 million for meals and snacks, according to documents obtained by News 4. The amount increased from $263,000 annually after a massive increase in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Department of Leisure Services Director Alison Hall says she discovered issues with the financial statements regarding the program after an audit was performed.
Despite FBI involvement, no one has been arrested or charged with a crime since these allegations came to light.
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