, 2022-12-28 10:06:30,
Indictments and exonerations made headlines in Jacksonville this year, along with implosions and ugliness, reversals of fortune and achievements that were years in the making.
You’ve probably forgotten some of the news from politics and courts, sports and health care, nature, development and the rest of the stream of pursuits that shape life in Northeast Florida.
But remembering can be fun. So as the days run out in 2022, here’s a recap of some of the moments that gave flavor and texture to life across Jacksonville.
Once among the highest-paid figures in Jacksonville’s government, former JEA CEO Aaron Zahn and his chief financial officer were indicted for what prosecutors said was scheming to pilfer millions more.
Zahn and ex-CFO Ryan Wannemacher were charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in March after a two-year federal investigation that followed the spectacular implosion of a campaign to put the city-owned power and water utility up for sale.
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The two were accused of working to create a performance incentive program that could have paid JEA executives hundreds of millions of dollars — at public expense — if the sale had gone through.
The indictment said other unnamed JEA officials helped craft bleak financial scenarios and that Zahn and Wannemacher worked “to falsely and fraudulently project that JEA was in a ‘death spiral’” so the utility’s governing board would…
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