The FBI is still actively conducting its investigation of Porter County
government and appears to be interested in last year’s payroll information
for the Porter County Expo Center.
County Auditor Robert Wichlinski confirmed this morning that an agent came
to his office at about 1 p.m. Tuesday to obtain the Expo Center’s payroll
records from 2013.
The agent did not indicate why he wanted to see the information and did not
take anything else, Wichlinski said.
Wichlinski told the Chesterton Tribune that the agent also inquired
about what records, claims and “a laundry list of other documents” in the
auditor’s office were available to the public and if there was any
information that would require a subpoena.
Wichlinksi said he told the agent that all the information in his office is
According to Wichlinski, this is the first time an agent with the FBI has
come to him for information.
Since November, numerous County offices have reported visits by FBI agents
In March, agents collected copies of building permits for Porter Regional
Hospital and its adjoining medical center from the Porter County Plan
Commission. They also downloaded records from the Plan Commission office
from the County’s computer server in the IT office.
In addition to the hospital building permits, the bureau so far has taken
documents related to the December 2012 contract between the County
Commissioners and Porter Hospital for clinical services in the County’s
Employee Health Plan, conflict of interest disclosure statements filed in
the County Clerk’s office from 2007 to 2013, and project bid proposals
related to 2010 and 2011 contracts with the County Highway Department.