Former Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson plans civil lawsuit

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) – Former Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson plans to sue the City of Lynn Haven and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson’s new attorney Marie Mattox has sent a letter of intent to both organizations announcing an upcoming civil lawsuit. The letter is required under Florida statute 768. As part of that law, the actual lawsuit will take 6-months to file.

Anderson claims she was the whistleblower in the Lynn Haven corruption investigation, which began in 2019 following Hurricane Michael.

Federal prosecutors eventually indicted nine people including Anderson on various charges including conspiracy, corruption, and bribery. Eight of them, including Anderson, pled guilty to reduced charges.

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Anderson pled guilty to lying to the FBI and served 30 days in prison. She’s still serving 1-year of probation.

James Finch, Phoenix construction owner and, a family friend of Anderson was the only one to go on trial. He was also acquitted on a single count of bribery. Anderson is claiming the sheriff’s office and Lynn Haven committed negligence, selective enforcement, false arrest, malicious prosecution civil conspiracy, and more.

Neither Lynn Haven nor Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford had received the letter of intent as of Wednesday afternoon and does not want to comment on the new development until they see the letter.

Anderson did not respond to News 13 request for comment.

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