“While our office was provided with an investigative report in November 2013, the IG never provided this additional February 2014 report to our office for review,” Curry said.
“I have requested a copy of the February 2014 report and supporting documentation from the Office of the U.S. Attorney, and our office will review this information once those materials are provided by that office.”That's Curry's way of saying his office never lifted a finger to investigate any of the damning allegations laid out in media reports about Bennett's blatant use of state employees and state resources for campaign purposes. Instead, he simply accepted the settlement agreement reached between the state Ethics Commission and Bennett without bothering to use grand jury proceedings to ascertain on his own whether any state laws may have been violated. These reflects even worse on former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett. His office received the report and failed to act on it. Nice work, Joe. Naturally, the local news media is too willing to lay all the blame on the Inspector General's feet instead of federal and state prosecutors, who ultimately have responsibility for investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases like this one. They only have themselves to blame if they failed to act in the face of the damning news reports.
UPDATE: It looks like the Inspector General and Curry disagree over the version of events according to an updated Star report:
But Inspector General David Thomas insists he told Curry that the prosecutor could seek “ghost employment” charges against Bennett. He also forwarded his office’s complete investigative records to both Curry and federal prosecutors, he said . . .
Thomas, however, told AP that he sent Curry a letter on Feb. 27 notifying him that 12 binders of material would be forwarded to his office. A copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press Wednesday . . .
Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecutes federal crimes, has remained mum on the topic. An agency spokesman declined to comment on the matter Wednesday.
And a spokesman for Indianapolis mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett, who was the U.S. attorney at the time of the report, said he likely would not be able to comment, either. “Joe can’t comment on a matter that may or may not still be an ongoing federal investigation,” spokesman Thomas Cook said.So both Hogsett and Curry have been caught with their pants down now. That's what happens when you have prosecutors more interested in their own political ambitions than conducting the people's business.
UPDATE II: And it gets worse for Curry. Tom LoBianco obtained a letter Thomas sent to Curry last February recommending criminal charges:
. . . The AP obtained a letter Inspector General David Thomas wrote in Feb. 27, 2014, letter to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry after Curry said he never saw an investigator's entire 95-page report alleging wire fraud.
"The course of our investigation suggests that for several months prior to the 2012 primary and general elections, the evidence could support ghost employment involving Dr. Bennett and his staff as well as official misconduct," Thomas wrote.