INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Two city employees were arrested and three others are facing charges after the FBI raided the City-County Building Tuesday morning.
Reggie Walton, assistant administrator of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and John Hawkins, senior project manager, were arrested for wire fraud and bribery. Walton and Hawkins were suspended without pay.
According to the indictment, David Johnson, executive director of the Indianapolis Minority AIDS Coalition; Randall Sargent, president of New day Residential Development; and Aaron Reed, with Naptown Housing Group were charged with wire fraud and bribery.
In a news release announcing a Tuesday afternoon news conference, U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said he, the FBI and Indiana State Police were announcing results of an effort to fight corruption and fraud by public officials.
Federal agents were outside of the City-County Building Tuesday serving a search warrant to seize documents inside.
Department of Metropolitan Development Adam Thies tells 24-Hour News 8 agents arrived to the CCB after 7 a.m.
24-Hour News 8 learned agents had search warrants for documents related to the Indianapolis Land Bank, which was created to acquire abandoned, tax delinquent and other problem properties to make them available for redevelopment to non-profit/for-profit developers and the general public, according to the city's website.
"To the extent that the taxpayers of Marion County are aware that $100,000 of their money went into the pockets of people who are appointed to serve them, employed to serve them, it is discouraging to say the least, offensive and needs to be stopped and it has as of today," Hogsett said.
Tuesday's announcement was the latest in a series of recent indictments involving public officials and alleged corruption.
"I hope these developments have confirmed the message the era of corruption is over. No more theft, no more fraud, no more bribery or extortion. No more business as usual," he said.
"I take these allegations very seriously and I will not tolerate abuse of the public trust. That's why I initiated the toughest ethics and first whistleblower laws in the history of the city," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. "I appreciate the work of federal officials in this matter and my team will continue to assist them in this investigation. The alleged acts of these two individuals do not reflect the dedication of the thousands of employees who work hard to improve our city every day."
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