INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - As more information is revealed about the federal investigationinto Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham, his companies and hisproperty, one of his closest friends has remained tight-lippedabout the investigation -- until now.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi spoke exclusively to24-Hour News 8 about his friend and former campaign financedirector Tim Durham and the investigation.
Brizzi calls the investigation a distraction and admits he feelsbadly for his friend, but he also admits taking money from Durhamfor his 2006 campaign for county prosecutor. Brizzi talked aboutFair Financial, Durham's company under the fed's microscope and hisinvolvement with that company.
Brizzi said of his decision to serve on the board of FairFinancial and subsequent reversal of that decision in the midst ofthe FBI investigation, "I never attended a board meeting, neverreceived any compensation. Tim and I are friends and we made adecision that that was something that I wasn't going to be involvedin."
Brizzi admits that Durham was his campaign finance directorduring his 2006 run for Marion County Prosecutor and that Durhamhelped him raise more than two million dollars for thecampaign.
Brizzi also admits to having spent that money on the campaignbut insisted the money didn't come from Fair Financial.
"Well, I think it's premature to judge. We didn't take anymoney, unlike another campaign recently where the candidatewithdrew from the race, we didn't receive any money from FairHoldings or from Fair Financial," said Brizzi.
However, federal investigators are looking into whether Durhamused Fair Financial funds for personal purposes and interests.
"Well, I think that's why we have to wait until theinvestigation is over before we jump to any conclusions about...youknow...maybe that if, if that money did in fact come from othersources." said Brizzi.
When asked if he was concerned about his political futurebecause of his relationship with Durham, Brizzi responded, "Tim's afriend and I am sorry that this happened to him. And youknow...what do you do if a friend gets in trouble? You just feelbadly for them. I mean, that's kind of where I am at right now andwe're going to go about the business of putting the bad guys injail."
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