Created: 08/27/2014 6:38 PM WHEC.com
A local man says an accusation by New York State ruined his business. Now, he's working to restore his reputation.
Monroe County hired Jack Tindale's company to manage the golf courses it runs. Recently, a state audit reported taxpayer money was mismanaged because the County didn't properly oversee Tindale Inc. Tindale says the state accused him of stealing that money. He's planning to sue to save his company's name.
The Genesee Valley Golf Course is one of the spots Tindale is in charge of managing and despite the audit from the state, the owners say they did a good job of managing this facility. Tindale said, “It's been a semi-disaster in that reputation-wise, the way the audit was portrayed was that I stole money.”
The state says Tindale took home $250,000 of your tax money instead of spending it on the County's golf courses, leaving them in poor condition. Tindale said, “Well it makes you feel down in that because you know you didn’t do it.”
Attorney Michael Wolford said, “All of those funds that they claim were pocketed were in fact spent on the golf course."
And the County admits that, saying Tindale spent that money on keeping up equipment, landscaping and they have the documents to prove that. The County says this isn't about Tindale, it's about a disagreement between the County and the state over capital expenditures. In short, what the County allowed Tindale to spend the money on, the state doesn't approve of.
We contacted the New York State Comptroller's Office and they stand behind the audit: The County failed to monitor this contract and the golf courses and clubhouses were left in a deteriorated condition. During the course of the audit, we repeatedly requested information from the County, the subject of our audit, which was never provided.
But Tindale says the course has been in good condition and hopes to get his reputation back. “We've had a great relationship and I want to end on a good note.”
Tindale and his attorney tell us it will be tough to have a legal battle with the state but they're still strongly considering it.
Monroe County is standing behind the company it hired saying, “It remains unfortunate that the flawed report stretches so far to portray the courses in a poor light it even dings the number of Snickers bars available at course snack stands."