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FBI, IRS join probe targeting Summit County

Associated Press Published: May 2, 1998 12:00 AM

Prosecutor Maureen O'Connor said Friday her staff will work with the Ohio Ethics Commission, the U.S. attorney's staff, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service to determine whether county money was improperly spent.

O'Connor said the investigation will look closely at contracts with the county's service providers.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported this week that state Auditor Jim Petro will do a special audit of the Summit County government.

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County Auditor James McCarthy had asked Petro to audit the county's Department of Environmental Services, citing $1 million in questionable contracts awarded to a consultant.

The newspaper also reported that the FBI and the IRS were looking into allegations of bribery and contract-steering.

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"A lot of information about employees and alleged improprieties has been made public and is part of the scope of the investigation," said O'Connor, a Republican candidate for Ohio lieutenant governor.

Summit County Executive Tim Davis, who administers the county's agencies and departments, said Friday he had met with O'Connor and already was cooperating with the investigation.

"My office is working to produce a substantial number of public

documents," Davis said. "My primary concern is to uncover the truth in this matter."

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