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March 15, 2014

Hogsett announces expansion of corruption investigation

EVANSVILLE — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney and Robert A. Jones, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Indianapolis Division, announced today a further expansion of investigation and prosecution of instances of public corruption in Hoosier communities or counties.

Both the United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI will continue to make protection of the public trust one of their most significant priorities in the Evansville area and through southwestern Indiana.

Just this week, numerous criminal complaints and federal grand jury indictments have been filed as part of this increased commitment. A Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy was charged with use of excessive force and a Greencastle City Council member was charged with perjury and making false statement to federal law enforcement officials. The head of the Henry County Department of Child Services and New Castle Community School Board member, former Senior Project Manager for the City of Bloomington was the subject of a 24 count Criminal Complaint for allegedly embezzling $800,000 in public monies.

“Today, I am proud to reaffirm our Public Corruption Working Group,” Hogsett said. “This coordinated effort is historic, in terms of having a singular focus on such an important issue – the integrity of our public offices and officeholders.”

In April of 2012, Hogsett announced the formation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Working Group (“PIWG”), a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to rid Indiana of the “culture of corruption” that all too often rears its ugly head.

Since its creation, the PIWG has charged 30 public officials for various crimes committed at the local, state and federal levels. Ten of the 30 charged are scheduled for trial in this upcoming year. Individual defendants include two former Indianapolis city councilors, the former deputy chief of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, local police officers and sheriff’s deputies, township level officials, employees of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as employees of the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Postal Service.

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