As incredulous as it sounds, Marion Co. Prosecutor Terry Curry is now saying his office may have misplaced the investigative file sent to his office by the state's Inspector General David Thomas regarding former Education Supt. Tony Bennett. Curry was caught with his pants down after he first claimed he never received an investigative file from Thomas' office last February with recommended criminal charges following Tom LoBianco's bombshell report earlier this week. Curry insisted his office only received the initial investigative file delivered to his office in November, 2013 from the Inspector General's office after it initially filed an ethics complaint against Bennett. Curry claimed that evidence didn't support the filing of criminal charges.
During a friendly interview with radio talk show host Amos Brown on WTLC-AM yesterday, Curry sought to shift blame to the inspector general statutory investigative process and the way investigations have been conducted by the office's first and only inspector general. Incredibly, Curry pretended his hands are tied to conduct investigations involving state employees who are being investigated for ethics charges by the inspector general's office until that office concludes an investigation, implying that his office has no independent authority under Indiana's constitution or statutes to conduct parallel criminal investigations through the grand jury process. After confronted with evidence his office signed for the investigative materials delivered to his office by the inspector general's office and exchanged e-mails with Thomas' office, he conceded mistakes may have been made by someone in his office. He maintained he personally was unaware the information had been sent to his office. Rather than searching his office for the misplaced documents, Curry indicated he was sending someone in his office to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which received the same information last February and similarly failed to act on Thomas' allegation that there may have been at least 100 instances of federal wire fraud violations.
The Journal-Gazette's Niki Kelly reports Thomas' office delivered 12 full binders of investigative materials to Curry's office last February. Thomas released two e-mail exchanges between his office and Curry's to prove delivery of the documents according to Kelly's report. The first e-mail dated February 27, 2014 advised an unidentified prosecutor's office employee the files were being delivered by a special agent in Thomas' office. A second e-mail from that employee acknowledged their receipt, saying “thank you for the delivery of the “present”!!!! I have the 11 - 12 Binders in my office. I will gladly share them w/ Prosecutor Curry.” In addition to the potential federal charges Thomas laid out to federal prosecutors last February, he also identified potential criminal law charges which could be brought against Bennett and his top staffers for ghost employment and official misconduct.
If you ever needed proof to substantiate my long-held view that there exists a conspiracy within the Indianapolis U.S. Attorney's Office and Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office to suppress investigation of public corruption, look no further. To think that extraordinary resources were used to charge and convict former Secretary of State Charlie White on trumped up charges of vote fraud and theft to drive him from office after former Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered a hit on him, while real, provable corruption involving one of the state's top Republican officeholders was swept under the rug by the state's top two prosecutors, both Democrats, one of whom was running for re-election and the other running for mayor of the state's largest city. There are many people within law enforcement who are well aware of how much corruption is covered up by these two offices. If you try to expose them, you will wind up broken and professionally destroyed like former ISP detective Ryan Harmon.
Let's see if anyone in the media in this state will hold the feet of Terry Curry and Joe Hogsett to the fire for sweeping this latest of many public corruption cases under the rug. Don't hold your breath waiting.