FBI visits Porter County IT department

2014-03-20T23:30:00Z 2014-03-25T18:16:31Z FBI visits Porter County IT departmentBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
March 20, 2014 11:30 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | The FBI continued its investigation into Porter County government Wednesday with a visit to the information technologies department.

Department Director Sharon Lippens said the agents, who were brought to the department by Plan Commission Executive Director Robert Thompson, asked about models and makes of computer servers used by the county.

They did not request any specific data, she said.

The FBI has visited numerous county departments since at least late last year.

Agents appeared earlier this month at the county plan commission office seeking copies of building permits for the new hospital and the nearby medical office building at Ind. 49 and U.S. 6.

Thompson has said his office is unable to locate the original building permits for those two buildings.

The FBI has also visited the highway department, where they sought records of materials purchased by the Porter County Board of Commissioners in a competitive bidding process in 2010 and 2011.

Porter County Clerk Karen Martin said in December an FBI agent showed up at her office seeking copies of conflict of interest disclosure forms designed to reveal a public servant's financial interest in contracts or purchases involving their government offices.

The FBI also has taken possession of records related to the county commissioners' decision Dec. 18, 2012, to switch the provider of wellness and clinic service for county employees from HealtheACCESS to Porter Regional Hospital's CareEXPRESS, Mike Anton, who serves as the servicing agent for the county's health plan, said in November.

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