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Feds Form Group To ID, Fight Public Corruption

Posted On April 24, 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is working to identify and fight public corruption in Indiana.

 

He announced the creation of the Public Corruption Working Group on Monday, calling it an historic effort involving the FBI, IRS, Indiana State Police, the U.S. Postal Service and several state agencies. 

 

“This coordinated effort is historic, in terms of both the number of law enforcement agencies involved and as to the singular focus on such an important issue – the integrity of our public offices and officeholders,” Hogsett said.

 

Hogsett said last year the corruption case of former City-County Councilman Lincoln Plowman and the prosecution of a Jackson County official for fraud sparked the interest in expanding the fight against corruption. 

 

“Our message has been consistent, but bears repeating: it doesn’t matter what your politics are or who you know,” Hogsett said. “If you violate the public trust, this Working

Group will find you, will investigate you and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will then prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

 

Hogsett acknowledged the critical role that whistleblowers often play in prosecutions of public corruption.

 

Anyone with information relating to criminal activity is urged to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office public corruption hotline at (317) 229-2443.