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Chairman Comments on Raid

Story by WBGZ Radio

The Madison County Board Chairman says he does not know what prompted a raid Wednesday afternoon at the County Administration Building. State's Attorney Tom Gibbons confirms the newly formed Madison County Public Corruption Task Force investigated possible illegal conduct by county officials which resulted in the execution of search warrants yesterday.

Kurt Prenzler tells The Big Z he is also looking for answers.

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According to multiple media reports, computers were removed from the office of Madison County Administrator Doug Hulme which is inside the County Board Office, and the office of Public Relations Manager Cynthia Ellis. In a statement to the media, Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said because of the highly sensitive nature of the investigation, no comments will be made by investigators or others until such time as is legally appropriate.

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You can see the statements from both Prenzler and Gibbons below:

Prenzler Statement:

As County Board Chairman I am committed to eradicating all forms of public corruption.

I support all legitimate criminal investigations.

As everyone knows, I blew the whistle on criminal tax sales that cost Madison County taxpayers more than $4 million. A federal investigation sent former treasurer Fred Bathon and three tax buyers to prison.

I also exposed an investment scheme in which two former treasurers purchased $520 million of bonds from one Little Rock, Ark. bond salesman, with no competitive bidding. Excessive commissions were estimated at $2 million. I pursued a civil case that resulted in a $340,000 settlement in favor of county taxpayers.  There was no criminal investigation.

My office has and will always support doing the right thing.

Gibbons Statement:

In the later months of 2017, evidence of possible illegal conduct by county officials was provided to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Based on the information provided through multiple sources and individuals, State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons called for the formation of a special investigative task force, comprised of members of multiple state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate the allegations and determine the extent of any wrongdoing.

The search warrants executed today are the result of significant evidence developed by the Madison County Public Corruption Task Force, as part of a larger, ongoing investigation. Because of the highly sensitive nature of the investigation, no comments will be made by investigators or others until such time as is legally appropriate. At that point, we will make information available to the public and media.

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