VIDEO: FBI surveillance of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich released to The Times
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The Times has obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request FBI surveillance video and photographs of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich as part its bribery investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Benson used the images as evidence against Buncich during the U.S. District trial last week.

They include:

An FBI video surveillance recording of Buncich's second-in-command Timothy Downs delivering $7,500 July 15, 2015, to Buncich in the sheriff's office.

An FBI video surveillance recording of of Scott Jurgensen, an FBI confidential informant, giving Buncich $2,500 April 22, 2016, in the parking lot outside of Delta Restaurant in Merrillville.

An FBI video surveillance recording of Jurgensen giving Buncich $2,500 July 21, 2016, in the parking lot outside of Delta Restaurant in Merrillville.

FBI surveillance photographs of a meeting Sept. 2, 2016, between Jurgensen and Buncich in which Jurgensen gives the sheriff $7,500.

The trial stories are attached for more information and background. 

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Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.