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Bachman, LaGrange County vindicated by special prosecu-tor

A report by the special prosecutor appointed to review the State Board of Accounts (SBoA) 2010 audit of LaGrange County has been returned.

Stanley M. Levco, special prosecutor, has filed his report and states:

“Based upon the report of the Indiana State Police, my independent investigation, and my best legal judgment, I have concluded that the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges and this investigation should be concluded with the result that no criminal charges should be filed.”

In January, LaGrange County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey W. Wible filed a petition for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the LaGrange Superior Court for the purpose of investigating the State Board of Accounts 2010 audit of the LaGrange County Commissioners. Wible was seeking to avoid the appearance of impropriety based upon a potential conflict of interest.

Superior Court Judge George E. Brown appointed Levco, a former prosecuting attorney for Vanderburg County (Evansville) as special prosecutor.

The report of the state board of accounts generally alleges improprieties by LaGrange County Attorney Kurt R. Bachman, relating to land transactions on property in LaGrange and Noble counties formerly owned by Alvin and Mary Lambright, and a failure to adequately complete necessary conflict of interest disclosure forms. The report also stated the county commissioners failed to perform their duties in a proper fashion.

Levco noted that similar allegations had previously been reviewed prior to the release of the 2010 SBoA audit by Thomas E. Wilson, former prosecuting attorney of Steuben County, who determined that there was no criminal activity and criminal prosecution was not appropriate.

Levco further stated that his investigation was independently conducted and that his conclusions were independently reached without regard to those earlier findings.