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Blago Investigation Moves To DNR

Postby Woods Walker » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:04 am

Scott Flood's records subpoenaed in Blagojevich hiring probe

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Federal investigators looking into possible hiring fraud in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration asked for the personnel files of 14 people -- including former Belleville City Council member Scott Flood -- according to subpoenas released Monday by the Better Government Association.
 
Flood said Monday he wasn't aware of the subpoenas or his name being involved in the Blagojevich investigation in any way.
 
Ray Coleman of Fairview Heights lost his state job under Blagojevich to Scott Flood, the son of former St. Clair County Clerk Sam Flood, who later served as the downstate liaison for Blagojevich. Coleman said Monday he didn't know about the subpoenas, but added, "I am not surprised."
 
Coleman received $65,000 in the settlement of a federal lawsuit that alleged improper patronage and racism when he lost a promotion to Scott Flood.
 
The 2006 subpoenas show investigators took a sweeping look at hiring in the embattled Democrat's administration, even seeking documents and computer files that date from Jan. 1, 2003 -- 12 days before Blagojevich was inaugurated.
 
The newly released 2006 subpoenas sought a variety of documents, from applications and salary adjustment forms to qualifications reviews.
 
They include some people on a list of job hopefuls and their political sponsors obtained by The Associated Press in May 2006. Among them: Scott Flood, who Blagojevich adviser Sam Flood recommended as a Department of Natural Resources site superintendent; Robert Hoover, who Sam Flood recommended as a DNR policy adviser; Glenn Orr, whose patrons for a deputy director for the Department of Corrections were Sam Flood and John Gianulis, then Blagojevich's patronage chief; and Georgia Brahos, who the list shows was recommended for a job by Blagojevich's father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Richard Mell.
 
Sam Flood is DNR's acting director and a former St. Clair County clerk. He said Monday he didn't know about the subpoenas.
 
"It appears the feds are looking at literally every aspect of how he exercised his authority whether it was legitimate or not," said BGA Executive Director Jay Stewart.
 
Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on federal corruption charges related to his sole authority to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate. Blagojevich, who was accused of trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder, has denied wrongdoing.
 
The governor has said he won't resign his office, but state lawmakers are moving forward with proceedings to impeach him.
 
The Chicago-based watchdog group sued for the documents after the Blagojevich administration denied a Freedom of Information Act request. A state appeals court ruled last month that Blagojevich must comply with the request.
 
"We released the subpoenas after the court decision was made," Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said in an e-mail statement.
 
Federal prosecutors confirmed in 2006 they were looking at the way the Blagojevich administration filled jobs. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he was investigating "very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" in a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asking her to halt her investigations of the administration so they didn't interfere with his. Allegations included skirting restrictions that prohibit using politics to award some jobs.
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© 2007 Belleville News-Democrat and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved. http://www.belleville.com

Scott Flood's records subpoenaed in Blagojevich hiring probe

From staff and wire reports [/align] 

Federal investigators looking into possible hiring fraud in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration asked for the personnel files of 14 people -- including former Belleville City Council member Scott Flood -- according to subpoenas released Monday by the Better Government Association.
 
Flood said Monday he wasn't aware of the subpoenas or his name being involved in the Blagojevich investigation in any way.
 
Ray Coleman of Fairview Heights lost his state job under Blagojevich to Scott Flood, the son of former St. Clair County Clerk Sam Flood, who later served as the downstate liaison for Blagojevich. Coleman said Monday he didn't know about the subpoenas, but added, "I am not surprised."
 
Coleman received $65,000 in the settlement of a federal lawsuit that alleged improper patronage and racism when he lost a promotion to Scott Flood.
 
The 2006 subpoenas show investigators took a sweeping look at hiring in the embattled Democrat's administration, even seeking documents and computer files that date from Jan. 1, 2003 -- 12 days before Blagojevich was inaugurated.
 
The newly released 2006 subpoenas sought a variety of documents, from applications and salary adjustment forms to qualifications reviews.
 
They include some people on a list of job hopefuls and their political sponsors obtained by The Associated Press in May 2006. Among them: Scott Flood, who Blagojevich adviser Sam Flood recommended as a Department of Natural Resources site superintendent; Robert Hoover, who Sam Flood recommended as a DNR policy adviser; Glenn Orr, whose patrons for a deputy director for the Department of Corrections were Sam Flood and John Gianulis, then Blagojevich's patronage chief; and Georgia Brahos, who the list shows was recommended for a job by Blagojevich's father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Richard Mell.
 
Sam Flood is DNR's acting director and a former St. Clair County clerk. He said Monday he didn't know about the subpoenas.
 
"It appears the feds are looking at literally every aspect of how he exercised his authority whether it was legitimate or not," said BGA Executive Director Jay Stewart.
 
Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on federal corruption charges related to his sole authority to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate. Blagojevich, who was accused of trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder, has denied wrongdoing.
 
The governor has said he won't resign his office, but state lawmakers are moving forward with proceedings to impeach him.
 
The Chicago-based watchdog group sued for the documents after the Blagojevich administration denied a Freedom of Information Act request. A state appeals court ruled last month that Blagojevich must comply with the request.
 
"We released the subpoenas after the court decision was made," Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said in an e-mail statement.
 
Federal prosecutors confirmed in 2006 they were looking at the way the Blagojevich administration filled jobs. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he was investigating "very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" in a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asking her to halt her investigations of the administration so they didn't interfere with his. Allegations included skirting restrictions that prohibit using politics to award some jobs.
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© 2007 Belleville News-Democrat and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved. http://www.belleville.com

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