Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bennett Implicated in IG Report

Tony Bennett
On Tuesday, Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press lowered the boom on what remained of former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett's career.

The reporter wrote a scathing piece published by the AP on the Indiana Inspector General, David Thomas's, February 2014 report on Bennett's 2012 reelection campaign.  The report recommended prosecuting Bennett for alleged actions he took during that unsuccessful campaign uncovered in the Inspector General's investigation.  The IG report, according to Lobianco, alleges 100 possible violations of federal wire fraud law by Bennett or his staff among other incidences of wrongdoing.

Despite the report, Bennett has yet to be prosecuted by Marion County Prosecutor, Terry Curry, or federal prosecutors through the U.S. Attorney's Office.

For his part, Curry told the Indianapolis Star that he never saw the second 85-page report.  He says he only saw the eight-page report that resulted in Bennett paying a $5,000 fine for ethics violations.  The U.S. Attorney's Office and former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett have declined to comment.  Curry told the Star he's requested a copy of the IG's report for review.

Time will tell where this story goes.

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