KCPD fraud detectives investigating missing $15,000 of taxpayer money intended for Mayweather


UPDATE: Ossco Bolton, the executive director of Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence (POSSE), sent a letter to City Manager Troy Schulte regarding the $15,000 payment intended to bring Floyd Mayweather to town.

Read the letter: http://tinyurl.com/bece56d


Kansas City fraud detectives are investigating what happened to a $15,000 payment intended to bring world-famous boxer Floyd Mayweather to town.

It is the latest chapter of a controversy revolving around taxpayer dollars issued for a December event that never took place.

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Kansas City, Mo., officials issued the check to Ossco Bolton, the executive director of Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence (POSSE), a local anti-violence group. Records show the check was cashed the same day it was received on Oct. 26. But it remains unclear how that money was spent.

When the promoted event did not occur on Dec. 8, Kansas City asked for a refund. However, that repayment deadline passed without any sign of the taxpayer funds.

A police spokesman said fraud detectives took an incident report, and part of the investigation involves determining if it is a civil or criminal case.

"The reporting party stated that the City of Kansas City paid $15,000 to the listed suspect pursuant to an agreement for the appearance of a boxer at an event," the incident report stated. "The suspect failed to host the event or return the money provided for the event upon demand."

Because no charges have been filed, the suspect's name is blacked out in the report.

Bolton has maintained that he now plans to have Floyd Mayweather Sr. come to Kansas City on April 5-6 for community events.

In an email to 41 Action News on Friday, Bolton said he would be providing a funding outline of the Mayweather Sr. event in the near future.

"It will show where the dollars went," Bolton wrote.

On Jan. 3, City Attorney Bill Geary sent a letter to Bolton asking him to stop using a city logo in the promotion of that scheduled appearance.

"Please immediately cease your use of the City mark with respect to any event," the letter said.

Kansas City Internal Auditor Roy Greenway is also conducting an investigation of how the process transpired. There is no timetable on when that report might be complete.

POSSE received the funds after Councilman Michael Brooks directly requested the money from City Manager Troy Schulte.

How often does the city manager approve funds outside the budget cycle and without city council approval?

According to a city spokesman, the only other similar expense dating back to Jan. 2010 was a $4,550 payment for a snow picnic.

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