LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A woman, implicated in possible ethical concerns in the economic development office in Lee County, is fighting back. Jennifer Berg's attorney says his client did nothing wrong. He demands that an unfinished audit reflect that.
"There is nothing to back up the supposed findings in the incomplete audit. This does a great deal of damage to Jennifer Berg, because she still wants to work in the marketing field in this area," said attorney Robert Pritt. "She did nothing wrong. We want the clerk to amend the audit to show that."
The audit notes that Berg's husband received a $75,000 loan from Lee County, amid the suggestion that she may have had a hand in arranging the loan. Pritt said, not so.
"She had nothing to do with approving the loan. It was approved in the open by a different agency, the Industrial Development Authority," said Pritt.
Lee Clerk of Courts Linda Doggett defends the work of her auditors.
"We have the factual information to back up the findings. We would not say these things if we did not have facutal information to back them up," said Doggett.
Berg had worked for economic development for a number of years, resigning suddenly in late May of this year. She was marketing manager for the office. Her husband owns BB Direct, a marketing company located in Cape Coral.
Doggett said she is awaiting a response to specific claims from Jim Moore, head of economic development. Doggett said she is considering, having her people receive rebuttal information from Berg.