SLC Officials Surrender Documents To Grand Jury

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St. Lawrence County officials surrendered dozens of documents and computer files Thursday morning to a grand jury, in District Attorney Mary Rain's investigation into how county officials spent money that was seized from drug dealers.

Chief assistant DA David Haggard accompanied county administrator Karen St. Hilaire, county attorney Michael Crowe, county treasurer Kevin Felt, information technology worker Rick Johnson, and county building and grounds supervisor Michael Cunningham into the grand jury room one by one.

The documents were presented and each individual left within moments of appearing before the grand jury.

Prosecutors are trying to determine whether funds from assets seized in drug arrests were used appropriately when county officials bought sound equipment for the legislative board room and made other purchases over the last 10 years.

"We were aked to provide records for the past 10 years on transactions that occurred from the forfeiture funds," St. Hilaire said. "We've done that."

"We have no idea how long it's going to take to complete this investigation," Rain said. "Many times what we find is that once you start looking at a set of documents, that you need to look at other documents and potentially call witnesses.

Rain says she is unsure how long it will take to go through the documents or where the investigation may go.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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