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Friday, December 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "File disputes prosecutor's statement in Bennett case"

Updating the Dec. 2 post headed "AP Exclusive: Bennett Probe Called for Prosecution", quoting stories from the AP's Tom LoBianco, Niki Kelly's report today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins:

Indiana Inspector General David Thomas released documentation Thursday morning showing he forwarded the complete investigatory file on Tony Bennett – about 12 binders full – in February to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

This disputes what Prosecutor Terry Curry said Wednesday – that his office had received only a summary file in November 2013.

Thomas released two emails. The first was from Thomas to an unidentified prosecutor’s office employee on Feb. 27, 2014, saying a special agent would drop off the large file.

Thomas also offered to meet with Curry about the case.

Then a second email from that staffer confirmed receipt, saying, “thank you for the delivery of the “present”!!!! I have the 11 - 12 Binders in my office. I will gladly share them w/ Prosecutor Curry.”

Curry, a Democrat, did not bring charges against Tony Bennett, the former Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction, despite an investigation by Thomas’ office that found more than 100 instances involving Bennett and his staff that could support wire fraud charges.

Thomas also suggested possible “ghost employment” charges based on a state law barring officials from using their staff for political purposes.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 5, 2014 10:37 AM
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