Monday, February 04, 2008
More Strange Happenings In Perry Township Contable's Office
Fox 59 News' Russ McQuaid reports tonight that the FBI has expanded its investigation of alleged corruption in Perry Township Constable Roy Houchin's office. You may recall that McQuaid broke a story last fall about allegations that a chief deputy of Houchins was selling police badges. McQuaid's latest report focuses on Dan Constantino, a former associate of Sheriff Jack Cottey who has a second job heading up the check fraud unit in Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's office. McQuaid's report focused on guns which were seized from another law enforcement officer in a domestic dispute. The seized guns had been stored in IMPD's property room, but more than a year and half later, Houchin's office claimed the guns as its own property. This is where the story gets rather confusing. As McQuaid tried to track down the guns, a tip led him to a dumpster where he found the guns. There was talk about the possibility that $1,000 had been exchanged by someone for the guns, but McQuaid's report offered no proof that this actually happened. McQuaid's reported indicated that Constantino played a role in the initial retrieval of the guns from the property control room by the Constable's office.