Beaver County Detectives served a second round of search warrants today on the Commissioners’ Office as part of their investigation into the possible misuse of public resources for political purposes by the prior Board of Commissioners.

Detectives seized a county computer previously used by Tracey Antoline Patton when she worked as secretary to Democratic Commissioner Tony Amadio. Patton is now the elected Register of Wills and ex officio Clerk of the Orphans Court.

“I was informed that the search warrant for my old computer was going to be issued,” Patton told the Beaver Countian. “I don’t have any problem with that at all and am cooperating with County Detectives fully.”

The search warrant also covered digital files generated by Commissioner Tony Amadio himself.

Detectives had served a warrant earlier this month to seize files from a county computer used by Lisa Walker when she worked as secretary for former Democratic Commissioner Joe Spanik.

The District Attorney’s Office investigation began after the Beaver Countian published an investigative report in January detailing a trove of campaign materials that were allegedly found on a county computer used by former Commissioner Joe Spanik’s secretary. Among the files provided to the Beaver Countian by a confidential source included databases of campaign contributors, lists of donors for campaign events, letters inviting supporters to political functions, promotional materials for the Joe Spanik Invitational Golf Outing which raised funds for his campaign account, mailing labels for political supporters, lists of county vendors contributing to his campaign, and political advertising proofs for printers.

The documents range in date from as recently as December 2015 and stretch back over a decade.

Along with materials for Joe Spanik’s political campaign were also materials referencing the political campaigns of Commissioner Tony Amadio, Commissioner Dan Donatella, Commissioner Jim Albert, Democratic Governor candidate Dan Onorato, and Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Kim Tesla.

Kim Tesla was a prosecutor in the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office before being elected to Judge, raising questions among some in the law enforcement community about potential conflicts with having County Detectives in the District Attorney’s Office investigating the case.


Unfinished letter allegedly found on a county computer used by former Commissioner Joe Spanik’s secretary:

Uncompleted letter allegedly found on a county computer used by Commissioner Joe Spanik's secretary.
Unfinished letter allegedly found on a county computer used by Commissioner Joe Spanik’s secretary.
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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John Q Taxpayer
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This is exactly what I mean when I say Beaver County can not investigate themselves. We are being robbed of millions of dollars and these fucking dumb bastards are looking for political campaign materials on computers. In the meantime money is flying out the door while these stupid bloodhounds bark and run around in circles.

sara
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sara

They probably already know the only thing she knows how to do is shop online and read the Beaver Countian. Looks like her 1st and 2nd dupties got the hell out of there. Smart move. Doesn’t that tell you a lot. Rumor is she is giving those positions to the 2 young guys in her office
That don’t have any experience. Nice guy’s …..just saying.

Thecritic
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Thecritic

You confuse me John q first you want to stop all corruption in county government now you criticize. Can anyone do anything right to make you happy?

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

Well it’s a beginning. Have they issued one for Javens and her computers yet??

The Wise Man
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The Wise Man

Kathleen, if they do the families houses, cars, and lavished lifestyles are gone soon there shaking in there shoes believe me.

Rumor Mill
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Rumor Mill

As if that old bitch knows how to use a computer hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raven
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Raven

Well, it’s all there, isn’t it? And much, much more.

Hard to deny the motives and actions. Too bad the secretaries got caught up in it. And now it reaches to a judge who was a former prosecutor and a current conflict of interest with the detectives. We don’t know that the judge knew it was done on a Commissioner’s computer, but it certainly doesn’t look good, as it reveals the relationships he had/has.

Good for the detectives’ actions, though. Things are progressing.

Layer by layer…inexorably to the end.

Jay Eric
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Jay Eric

Didnt that mcgee fellow that passed start a lawsuit claiming you were kim tesla?

Misterc John
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Misterc John

as always, a great job of reporting. glad to see you are staying on this. lets hope they all get what they deserve.

jaybird
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Why am I reminded of the old expression “closing the barn door after the horse is out”? “I was informed that the search warrant for my old computer was going to be issued,” Patton told the Beaver Countian. “I don’t have any problem with that at all and am cooperating County Detectives fully.”

Yeah, right! They’ve only had over six months to wipe all incriminating evidence from the hard drive! Not to mention destroying any paper trail. How many times did we say an OUTSIDE agency is needed? As long as this investigation stays in-house I, for one, don’t expect much to be uncovered, and it will be business as usual. I will be surprised if the whereabouts of the 6 million will ever be made to the satisfaction of the public taxpayers. At this point I don’t trust ANY of them, with MAYBE the exception of Egley and Camp.

Sandie and Dan, you have my sympathy for having stepped into this pile of shit.

Jim Fredericks
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Jim Fredericks

Why was anyone “informed” that search warrants were going to be issued and who was the person who did the informing? Not saying that anyone is guilty for improper use, but what if they were? This is a prime example why the DA’s office should not be investigating anything involving the courthouse! Mr. Lozier just made an ass out of himself and his office after chewing Sandie and Dan out for involving the PSP, and then making his own visit to the barracks to tell them to back off! Just proving that a minor leaguer shouldn’t be trying to play in the major leagues!