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Riviera Beach demands $2,000 of taxpayer money back from former council member

Posted at 4:57 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 19:20:31-04

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A Contact 5 investigation uncovered that former Riviera Beach council member Terence Davis spent around $21,500 on his city credit card in 14 months, the most of any elected official in the city.

One item in particular stood out. He spent $2,090 of taxpayer money on magnets with his name on it during the middle of election season.

When Contact 5 asked Davis about the expense, he didn’t respond and simply whistled.

After our report aired, the city sent Davis a letter, asking him for the money back.

The letter states:

"Per review (…) the magnets were clearly promoting Councilman Terence. It was also observed that these magnets were placed on your car during election season."

While the letter states Davis had to pay the full amount back before any of his outstanding monies would be released, his final checks were cashed.

Davis was voted out of office in March.

He motioned to fire the former City Manager on Sept. 20, 2017, sending the city into months of turmoil.

The city is still searching for a permanent City Manager.

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