Last week Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer finally provided us a limited and redacted set of transcripts for the interviews conducted as part of the CoinGate investigation     We are making all of those interviews available for download below in the format received by the IG’s office.   Note:  the records were delivered seventeen months after our public record request and nearly a decade after the original IG investigation started.

CoinGate is one of Ohio’s best-known political scandals.  Wikipedia sums it up nicely: “The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high risk or unconventional investment vehicles run by people closely connected to the Ohio Republican Party who had made large campaign contributions to many senior Republican party officials.”

Multiple Republicans were convicted or pleased no contest to ethics violations as part of the scandal, including Ohio Governor Bob Taft.

Republicans in the Ohio Inspector General’s Office spent nearly a decade refusing to release records related to the case, using a number of different tactics to keep the information from the hands of the public.    They finally released a very limited “report” in April of 2014 that then-ODP Chairman Chris Redfern described as “nothing more than a compilation of already released, seven-year-old reports from other government agencies.”

According to an additional document provided by the IG’s office, 107 other files were excluded from release because they may have contained “federal grand jury information.”

These records are a start, but we still don’t have a complete picture.  There are certainly some interesting bits of information available in the documents below, but without a copy of the interviews with the big players like Tom Noe, Mark Lay and Brian Hicks, we’ll never know the full story.

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Annarino, John #1 Interview Attachments-REDACTED2

Williott, Lou-REDACTED

Wachtmann, Lynn Summary

Thurber, Maggie-REDACTED

Swartz, David-REDACTED

Smith, Patricia Interview Attachments

Seminatore, Kenneth Interview Summary

Reed, Randall

Nemec, Jaymee-REDACTED

Nedved, Mark

Lundberg, Jack

Lipton, Kevin

Kerr, Tom Interview Summary

Karabogias, Constantine-REDACTED

Jameson, Michael-READCTED

Harding, Catherine Interview Summary

Gonzales, Ed

Elliott Interview Attachments-REDACTED

Damsel, Carol Lee

Cowman, Robert #1

Conrad Interview Attachments

Caruso-Carr, Cindy #1

Burnell, Cynthia & Lopez, Jennifer

Brooks, Beth #1

Bredlau, Judith

Bolz, Benjamin Interview Summary

 
  • sufferingsuccatash

    Of course, not having the records of interviews with Noe and Hicks is intentional. Coin-gate is an embarrassment in the history of state government money laundering operations. In general state politicians and political insiders are satisfied with combing cash off of the funds provided by the federal gov’t. in the form of transportation funds, education funds, medicaid funds, … Only when these racketeers are overwhelmed with self confidence and their own sense of grandiose do they attempt to loot any and all forms of state money as they did in coin-gate. That coupled with the fact that they have the investigative and judicial arms of government in their pocket as well, gives them a sense of insulation and immunity not available to the common criminal. Kasich is a continuation of this same nonsense—brazenly harvesting the funding for public schools for cronies. No politics in any of this–just straight graft.

  • MKTG

    Ohio certainly has a long history of scandalous shenanigans–excellent investigative work, and there’s so much more with Chartergate and JobsOhio. We recently took a trip to northern Michigan and were very impressed with the wind generation and solar; the lake seems to be clean and usable…then we return home to read about fouled drinking water and Lake Erie being unsafe with algae bloom. There would be money available from the lucrative liquor sales if it wasn’t being siphoned off into the coffers of JobsOhio, much like the Coingate MO–I hope these “gates” are high on the investigative agenda, thank you.

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