Surveyor's office employees handed federal subpoenas

2012-08-06T14:30:00Z 2012-08-07T09:09:15Z Surveyor's office employees handed federal subpoenasBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
August 06, 2012 2:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A federal grand jury has subpoenaed employees of Lake County Surveyor George Van Til to testify Aug. 15 in an undisclosed investigation.

Lake County Attorney John Dull said Monday he spoke with two surveyor's office employees who received notice to appear. He declined to identify the employees.

This comes two months after FBI agents raided Van Til's surveyor's office June 5 and walked off with arms full of paper and electronic records as part of a search warrant issued from U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Dull said one of the surveyor's office employees contacted him because of concerns the grand jury date would be on the same day as that employee's appearance at a county drainage board meeting. 

"I told him to go back and talk to George," Dull said.

The county surveyor's office canceled the drainage board meeting Monday morning but gave no reason.

Van Til didn't return a call Monday afternoon for comment. He has been declining comment on the FBI investigation on advice of his attorney, Scott King, of Merrillville. Dull said Van Til hasn't spoken to him about the subpoenas.

Mary Hatton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, said it is the policy of her office not to comment on grand jury investigations.

The subpoenas likely will be another shock for Van Til's re-election campaign. Van Til refused an earlier call by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. to drop off the Nov. 6 ballot and avoid being a liability to fellow Democrats.

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