Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Public Corruption Still a Key Focus, Despite Hogsett's Departure

Retiring U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the work of the Public Corruption Working Group will continue.
Retiring U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the work of the Public Corruption Working Group will continue.
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Joe Hogsett says the U.S. Attorney’s office’s focus on public corruption cases won’t lessen even as he leaves his role leading the office to join the private sector.

Hogsett says when he took office in 2010, a District Court judge told him the office of U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District hadn’t prosecuted a public corruption case in 20 years. 

Less than a year into his term as U.S. Attorney, Hogsett formed the Public Corruption Working Group, a joint effort of agencies that include the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI, the State Police, the IRS, and the Indiana Attorney General’s office. 

Since the creation of that group, Hogsett’s office has indicted two dozen public officials.  And he says he’s confident that will continue.

“All those federal and state agencies working together I think make a very powerful group to root out public corruption wherever it exists,” Hogsett said.

Hogsett says he knows his old office won’t let up.

“We have our senior litigation counsel dedication to doing nothing but public corruption prosecutions,” he said.

Hogsett’s temporary replacement as U.S. Attorney is Jake Minkler, who served as Hogsett’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney.