Indiana Governor Mike Pence is wanting his top ethics officer to do a complete investigation into the purchase of land by INDOT of land owned by INDOT Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff and make sure it didn’t violate state law.
According to the Indianapolis Star, INDOT purchased almost three acres of land owned by Woodruff for the expansion of Interstate 69. The report says, Woodruff failed to inform the state that he had sold the land to INDOT, which found six land deals that came to a total of $1.8 million for Woodruff’s uncle and cousins.
The investigation says INOT fficials offered $7 million for 32 parcels in Pike,Greene,Daviess, and Monroe counties that state appraisers had valued at $3.34 million.
Now, Woodruff denies any wrongdoing and says a 2010 report by the inspector general cleared him. In 2010, Inspector General David Thomas investigated Woodruff’s sale of three acres in Daviess County to the state, which he cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Governor Mike Pence has ordered Inspector General Thomas to conduct a second investigation and refer findings to an outside prosecutor for review.
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