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FBI collects more county health plan documents

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Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik confirmed this morning that an agent from the FBI was in her office sometime on Friday seeking documents related to the County’s common health insurance plan.

Urbanik told the Chesterton Tribune that the agent took copies of contracts but “did not specify what he wanted them for.”

The FBI was also in the Auditor’s Office December 2 to obtain other documents on the insurance plan. Urbanik said then that she was able to provide the FBI with a couple of plan handbooks.

The health insurance plan and contracts are not approved by the County Auditor but by the County Commissioners.

The Auditor keeps track of the County’s financial documents so the FBI goes there to retrieve any records they may be interested in, Urbanik had said.

The FBI was also in the Auditor’s office in August, about the same time they had reportedly been in the County Assessor’s Office to request documents related to appeals of commercial properties between 2012 and 2013.

Also last summer, the Tribune was informed that the FBI was seen entering the Porter County Commissioners’ offices. But no Commissioner ever confirmed that report.

Reports of the FBI’s supposed investigation into Porter County government began November 2013 when agents sought documents related to the County Commissioners’ employee wellness contract with Porter Regional Hospital, signed December 2012.

Since then the FBI has obtained conflict of interest disclosure statements from 2007 to 2013; payroll information for the County Expo Center from 2013; bid proposals for 2010 and 2011 contracts with the County Highway Department; and building permits for Porter Regional Hospital and the adjacent medical center.

In July 2014, the FBI obtained Portage Mayor James Snyder’s campaign finance reports and the Citizens for Snyder political action committee’s 2011 finance report.

And in September 2014, the FBI obtained copies of two sales disclosures related to the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission’s Promenade project.

The FBI has made no statement regarding its interest in Porter County and has declined to comment on the document requests.


Posted 2/1/2016





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