Ex staffers: Orange County Property Appraiser took strippers to office

Lawsuit filed in Orlando against Rick Singh


ORLANDO, Fla. – Two former managers in a Central Florida property appraiser's office are suing their former boss, claiming he created a hostile work environment, used taxpayer money for personal travel expenses, falsified documents for an audit and brought strippers to the office after hours.

The lawsuit filed earlier this month claims that Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh ordered staffers to remove, create or alter documents for an audit. It also claims Singh fabricated explanations to justify travel expenses.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Orlando by the office's former director of finance and former director of communications.

A spokeswoman for Singh said officials were unable to comment on pending litigation. An investigation by a former judge hired by the office last year concluded the allegations couldn't be substantiated.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, "Based on the new information, FDLE will conduct a preliminary inquiry to further assess these allegations for potential criminal conduct." 

That inquiry will be conducted by the FDLE Office of Executive Investigations.