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.
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
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
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.