One town in Florida is reportedly so corrupt — with one police officer for every 25 people and a long record of issuing traffic tickets simply to raise government revenues — that lawmakers are mulling a plan to wipe it off the map.
Even the mayor says his town council members and officials are crooks — though he says that from jail, The Daily Mail reported. He’s currently behind bars, awaiting trial on charges that he allegedly sold oxycodone to an undercover cop, the news outlet said.
The town is Hampton, and it’s home to about 500. But now Florida state legislators have heard enough of the community’s corruption, much of which was revealed in a just-released audit, that they’re pushing to shut it down, The Daily Mail reported.
Among the audit findings: Hampton officials had been found guilty on 31 different counts, including mishandling funds — like $132,000 in purchases on the taxpayer dime that had been made at the BP convenience store that’s located right next to City Hall.
“What’s wrong with that picture? That’s a lot of cigarettes and beer and what-have-you. That’s corrupt as heck,” said Jim Mitzel, who served as mayor from 2000 to 2008, in The Daily Mail.
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