DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A lot of eyes will be on the upcoming federal bank fraud case against Visit Dothan CEO and President, Aaron McCreight.
According to court records, McCreight signed an intent to plead guilty to fraud, after securing loans for an Iowa music festival that lost $2 million.
“We’re just waiting for whatever their advice is after they find out what their next steps are,” Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba said.
Mayor Saliba says that this case has not affected the partnership the city has with Visit Dothan.
“They’ve been a great partner for us over the last couple of few years since he has been here, and we appreciate all that has he has done,” Mayor Saliba said. “We still feel very confident that we’re going to continue that moving forward.”
Of the city’s 13% lodging tax, the state gets 4%, and Dothan gets 9%. 4% of the city’s 9% lodging tax goes to Visit Dothan.
In total, the 4% lodging tax came to a little more than $1.5 million in 2021.
“Any money that we give, whether it be the DDRA or whoever that is audited, we don’t give out money of that size without there being auditing procedures in place,” Saliba said.
Visit Dothan’s board of directors will continue to monitor this case, and the city of Dothan will then look at what their next steps are in this developing case.