Federal agents examining Lake County surveyor's payroll records

2013-05-15T20:30:00Z 2013-05-16T13:27:05Z Federal agents examining Lake County surveyor's payroll recordsElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Nearly 10 years worth of payroll records of the Lake County surveyor's office were subpoenaed recently by federal agents, officials said.

The request of records from federal agents comes nearly a year after FBI investigators and state police removed computers and documents from the office of Lake County Surveyor George Van Til.

Van Til did not return phone calls seeking comment on the subpoena Wednesday evening.

Mark Pearman, executive director of the Lake County data processing department, said Wednesday his office received the subpoena a few weeks ago for the payroll records from 2004 to 2013 from the surveyor's office.

He said his office has not received any other subpoenas.

Pearman said he and about 50 county workers were called in previously to testify at a grand jury. He said he was questioned about his work on computers.

"This has been going on for over a year," he said.

Pearman said his office manages payroll for the county.

In June, FBI and state police removed a laptop, desktop computers and printed material from the surveyor's office. The material was related to the county's Geographic Information System, which was built with public money for the purpose of pinpointing economic development sites.

At the time of the search, an anonymous county government employee told The Times federal authorities possibly were looking into allegations of campaigning with public property.

No charges have been filed.

Van Til has been the county's surveyor since his first election in 1992. He was re-elected in November and had a close primary election against John Garcia, who owns a Hammond engineering firm.

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