Back in September 2016, Dr. Erwin Jackson filed a lawsuit concerning the residency of City Commissioner Scott Maddox. The filing claimed Maddox was ineligible for the City Commission because he did not live in the City of Tallahassee.
Ultimately, Jackson lost the court case. However, it now appears that questions answered by Maddox in that case about his relationship with Governance, Inc. are part of the FBI investigation into corruption.
From pages 12-14 of FBI search warrant:
E. Maddox’s False Statements Concerning his Relationship with Governance
On November 30,2016, MADDOX gave sworn deposition testimony concerning a civil lawsuit whereby the complainant challenged MADDOX’s status as a resident of
Tallahassee. During that deposition, MADDOX was asked the following questions and gave the following answers:
Q: Do you have any other business interest or dealings with Governance Services, LLC?
A: Repeat the question. I’m sorry.
Q: Sure. You have mentioned paying rent, the law firm pays rent for the Adams Street properties to Governance Services, LLC. Other than that do you have any business relationship, you or your law firm, with Governance Services, LLC?
A: I’m not sure whether we represented them on anything. I don’t know.
Q: What about Governance, Inc.? Are you familiar with Governance,Inc.?
Q: Who owns Governance, Inc.?
A: Paige Carter Smith.
Q: Do you or your family or your businesses have any relationship with Governance, Inc.?
A: I don’t know what that relationship would be.
In September, 2017, the FBI interviewed a witness (hereafter “WITNESS THREE”) who was employed by GOVERNANCE from approximately 2006 to 2014.
WITNESS THREE advised that MADDOX was in charge of GOVERNANCE throughout WITNESS THREE’s employment at GOVERNANCE, to include the time period whereby MADDOX was a Tallahassee City Commissioner.
WITNESS THREE advised that GOVERNANCE sold its political influence and local government experience, largely through MADDOX’s political connections in Tallahassee and other parts of Florida.
WITNESS THREE had not seen CARTER-SMITH represent a client, recruit a new client, or go to the City Commission podium on behalf of a client while employed at GOVERNANCE.
WITNESS THREE advised that CARTER-SMITH did not have a viable firm without MADDOX and that CARTER-SMITH did whatever MADDOX wanted.
WITNESS THREE was ultimately fired from GOVERNANCE by MADDOX in 2014.