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No Charges Against Pons In Construction Contract Investigation


An investigation in former Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons has been closed. The Florida Department of law enforcement confirmed Wednesday no criminal charges will be filed.

The FDLE, FBI and Office of Executive Investigations launched a joint inquiry in April of 2014 following accusations Pons had used his position as school superintendent to steer construction contracts to campaign donors. According to the investigative report from the FDLE, officials moved to close the case in May of this year. Pons tweeted Wednesday he is asking for any documents to be released. He also calls the investigation a “political hit job.” After serving 10 years as Leon County superintended, Pons lost the seat to current superintendent Rocky Hanna.

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