KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time, documents obtained by 41 Action News reveal how a controversial $15,000 payment of taxpayer funds meant to bring Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Kansas City was actually spent.
Last week, 41 Action News was the first to report that Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker declined to file charges in the case , citing a lack of evidence. That development closed a Kansas City police investigation.
On Tuesday, 41 Action News obtained the 281-page investigation assembled by fraud detectives through an open-records request. The interviews, invoices and bank statements provide new details about what happened to the money, including a trip to Las Vegas.
Back in October, the city issued the $15,000 check to Ossco Bolton, the leader of an anti-violence group called Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence, or POSSE. It was intended to pay for a December 8 youth event, featuring an appearance by world-famous boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But the event never took place, and despite demands by the city's attorney, Bolton never paid the money back .
Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks had requested the $15,000 directly from City Manager Troy Schulte.
During a police interview, Schulte told a detective there was a precedent for this type of youth-focused event when Bill Cosby came to Kansas City. Schulte also said the Brooks made a request to have the check expedited on October 26.
"A special effort was made to issue the check on that date," Schulte said.
Brooks wouldn't answer questions 41 Action News asked in December, but in his interview with police, he told the detective that "Bolton really had not worked out the details and had not worked out the up-front money."
When asked about the need to expedite the check in October, Brooks told police that Bolton needed to fly to Las Vegas to get Mayweather to sign a contract before another local group could book him.
Records obtained by police show Bolton paid $4,500 of deposits to a Blue Springs company to reserve security and entertainment for the event. He also provided invoices for other promotional materials.
Bolton and another of the event planners, Ron Hunt, traveled to Las Vegas in late October using the taxpayer funds in an effort to meet with Mayweather's promoters.
An invoice shows Bolton reimbursed Hunt's organization (Young Gifted Artistic) for $1,400 in travel expenses to Oklahoma and Las Vegas. The invoice, labeled as a "consulting fee," did not provide details about how the Oklahoma trip related to the Mayweather event planning.
The police report reveals the city's internal auditor, Roy Greenway, met with Bolton at a Kansas City restaurant during the week of Thanksgiving and asked him to sign a subpoena for bank records that would show how he had spent the money. However, Bolton refused.
According to the police interview with Greenway, the city first became apprehensive about the funds when publicity surfaced about Floyd Mayweather appearing at the Skyline Club in Kansas City.
"There was a concern that the funding provided by the city was to be used for that event at a venue for adults and not for the intended youth event," Greenway told the detective.
After the controversy erupted, Bolton said he planned to bring Floyd Mayweather Sr. to town instead. The police report shows he wrote a $1,500 dollar check to Mayweather Sr.
That rescheduled appearance was supposed to happen in February, and was later moved to April. But to date, that event still has not taken place either.
Finally, the police investigation included an eight-page statement from Bolton that he gave a detective on January 30.
According to Bolton, Hunt connected with the championship boxer's uncle, Roger Mayweather, who apparently instructed them to wire the funds to book the boxer for the event.
Bolton said he was uncomfortable with the idea, so he flew to Las Vegas to meet in person.
"That's when I realized that Roger really couldn't produce what he said he could. He couldn't get his nephew to Kansas City," Bolton told the detective, adding that the boxer had never even been told about the December youth event.
At the end of the police interview, Bolton told the detective all the $15,000 had been spent.
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