SFGN learned today that the criminal investigation surrounding World OutGames is still ongoing despite some media outlets reporting otherwise.
“It’s still ongoing. We never said it was closed,” said Ed Griffith, public information officer for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. “We’re still interviewing potential witnesses. So we have not come to a conclusion. We have not interviewed everyone who might have information.”
The mix up may have occurred when it was reported last week that a memo from Miami Police Chief Daniel Oates was sent to Miami Beach City Jimmy Morales, which read “there was no evidence found to proceed with a criminal prosecution.” The memo also states “per the audit review, the financial records did not show the malicious intent to deprive funds from donors for personal gain.”
The scope of the Miami Beach Police Department’s investigation though was centered around the city’s audit. Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Miami Beach Police Department, further stated that he would not call their investigation “closed.” Instead he referred to it as “inactive.”
“I encourage anyone with new information to come forward,” Rodriguez said.
While the Miami Beach Police Department’s investigation and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office investigation overlap they are separate from each other.