LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The director of the Lee County Port Authority confirmed that he interviewed with the FBI about VR Labs. That company received $5 million in public money from Lee County to create jobs here.
Bob Ball confirmed to WINK News through a spokesperson that he did have an interview recently with an FBI agent. They talked about VR Labs, which at one time was interested in leasing some land from the Port Authority. Ball would not say what he told the agent. He is referring questions to the agency. The FBI office in Tampa said it had no comment about any possible investigation into VR Labs.
Robert Brown, owner of GCM contracting, said he has had interviews with FBI agents about VR. Brown's company is suing some officials of VR. Brown said the FBI inquiry is an ongoing investigation.
WINK News asked if other Lee County administrators had talked with the FBI. We were referred to the county attorney's office, which had no comment or answer to our questions.
VR is supposed to bottle health drinks at a facility in San Carlos Park, to create jobs.
VR's newly-hired public relations firm promised that VRwill have 40 jobs in Lee by year's end. That is one quota set by Lee County, when it granted the $5 million.