The inspector general said Supervisor David Hummel and employee Chris Clyne used the Pepsi Coliseum's ice rink, weight- training equipment in the South Pavilion and the State Fair grandstands to train hockey players and various other athletes for a profit.
Hummel admitted to using his state computer for private business activities, according to the report, and used his position to purchase hockey equipment for the private business "at cost" through the Indiana State Fair Commission.
The Inspector General estimated Hummel and Clyne took financial advantage of $7,500 worth of ice rental time.
"These figures do not account for any other financial advantage or gain through the rent-free use of the weight-training room discovered in the South Pavilion or the Grandstands, both used for athletic conditioning purposes by the business," read the report.
Both workers are still employed, according to State Fair spokesperson Andy Klotz.
"The public has to be concerned when our state resources all of us citizens are providing are misused for private gain," said Julia Vaughn with Common Cause Indiana, a non-partisan government watchdog group. "That's just not something you can take any tolerance for."
Both employees reached settlement agreements with the Office of Inspector General, in which they admitted to Code of Ethics violations, including use of state property and ghost employment.
Hummel also admitted to a violation of outside employment, and agreed to pay a $1,500 fine and serve a two-week suspension without pay.
Clyne was sanctioned to a one-week suspension without pay.I think it's an outrage that the Inspector General concealed the names of these employees in his report. It's quite apparent that the office was more interested in protecting these criminal wrongdoers than punishing them appropriately. Under no circumstances should they have been permitted to keep their jobs, and under no circumstances should this matter have not been referred to the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office for further action. This administration has frequently used trivial matters as a pretext for firing employees it wanted to get rid of for reasons unrelated to their work performance.
Kenney's report indicated that State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye became aware of the two state employees' criminal activity and reported it to the OIG, which handled the investigation and the settlement with the two employees. Hoye has been under fire for her failure to cancel the Sugarland concert based on weather forecasts predicting the severe storm that resulted in the grandstand stage collapse that left several individuals dead and dozens more injured. State Fair officials refused to talk on camera with Kenney, referring to it as "a personnel matter." No, it's a criminal matter.
You can view the nameless reports issued by the Inspector General's office here and here against David Hummel and Chris Clyne.
UPDATE: The Inspector General statute requires the Inspector General to report a suspected crime to the appropriate federal or state law enforcement agencies if he "has reasonable cause to believe that a crime has occurred or is occurring" under I.C. 4-2-7-3(4). Apparently the IG is claiming a referral was made to the prosecutor's office, although it's not clear when the referral occurred or what, if anything, the prosecutor's office had done in response to that referral. It is unimaginable that the IG would conclude that a crime had occurred but the employees would not be terminated.
UPDATE (6-8-12): WRTV has a new story discussing a criminal probe that has been launched by the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office. It also mentions that Hummel will be retiring from his state job as a restructuring taking place at the State Fair.