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Thursday, October 17, 2019

District Attorney Lozier: State Police Conducted An “Unauthorized Investigation” Into County Corruption

The Pennsylvania State Police were conducting an “unauthorized investigation” when they agreed to meet with County Commissioners Sandie Egley and Dan Camp to discuss allegations of corruption in the courthouse, according to District Attorney David Lozier. The District Attorney tells the Beaver Countian that he has put an end to their investigation, and the State Police have now relinquished all of their investigative files to him.

As the Beaver Countian reported last week, Commissioners Egley and Camp separately sought out and met with investigators in the Pennsylvania State Police to report possible criminal conduct they discovered after taking office in January. Both Camp and Egley said they reached out to Corporal Joseph Olayer, who has experience investigating corruption in Beaver County, because they did not trust the County Detectives and did not think that District Attorney David Lozier should be investigating fellow elected officials in the courthouse.

Commissioners Camp and Egley provided investigators with evidence including taped interviews, digital files, and printed documents.

“The new Commissioners, not knowing the law, went to the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and gave statements,” District Attorney Lozier told the Beaver Countian. “A trooper at the barracks improperly took the statements and started his own investigation without my authorization […] There were in effect some members of the Pennsylvania State Police who were conducting an unauthorized investigation.”

Along with the information provided by County Commissioners, Lozier also confirmed that other courthouse employees had sought out investigators with the State Police and turned over evidence of possible courthouse corruption as well.

Lozier said the State Police are required to get his approval before initiating an investigation into county corruption. “The Pennsylvania State Police are not allowed to investigate anything involving the courthouse without my written approval,” said Lozier. “I have not and will not be referring these matters to them.”

District Attorney Lozier said his predecessor, Tony Berosh, had referred several unrelated matters to the State Police for investigation and troopers may have been under the wrong impression that he would do the same. Lozier said his office will be handling all of the investigations into allegations of improprieties in the courthouse.

“The State Police command structure directed the Beaver Barracks to stop their investigation and turn over all materials to me,” said Lozier. “All of the evidence was formally handed over to me last week and the Pennsylvania State Police formally advised the Commissioners that the investigation was being done by my office. Steps were taken to make sure that everyone at the Beaver Barracks understands their responsibilities.”

Commissioners Egley and Camp both told the Beaver Countian they are displeased that the information they provided to investigators with the Pennsylvania State Police is now in the hands of County Detectives — something they had both intentionally tried to avoid have happen.

John Paul
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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Martin
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Martin

It’s time for the people of Beaver county to take to the streets around the court house and demand an outside investigation

Leppis
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Leppis

Let everyone know when…… Bet you would have 3/4 of the county there.

lifeguard
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lifeguard

Lozier, for now I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt based on your short length of time in office and assume that you are clean. However, since the whole county is watching, you had better do something and I mean fast too. Having a press conference and explaining what actions you plan to take would be a good start…………………………………. “We The People” demand to see some follow through and some heads roll.

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walk

Get involved. Go to the commissioners public meetings, and get answers. Don’t go in there with all this hypothetical, what if so and so is linked, and conspiracy theories, Javens and Friendship Ridge. Go and demand an investigation by the PA. State Police or someone at a higher level. John Paul gives us this information, and I thank him for that, and we sit back and make snide comments trying to, one up one another…. and it is the same old BS.
The very first comment on this page is the best suggestion. We employ these people, make them accountable …If there is found to be violations in the law, we need to fire and do away with pensions for elected criminals.

ricimer
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ricimer

d these people have such arrogance that they think crimes committed by individuals who work with and for the sheriffs dept. should be investigated by the sheriffs dept. If lozier was or whatever his name is. had any integrity he would welcome any and all outside agencies . asses are being covered deals are being made. u know the sad truth is and please really think about this crack cocaine is cheaper in BC than a pack of cigarettes. and this massive industry just popped out of nowhere. this is so sad and everyone knows exactly what is going on.

Rick Suman
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Rick Suman

REALLY ? ? ?

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

You want to put on the big boy pants and lead this investigation Lozier…..fine…..now the people of Beaver County expect indictments and convictions. Bring it home! We expect nothing less, or you will be a 1 term DA!

JoeDoe
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JoeDoe

Well said, SpeakTheTruthToo, I couldn’t agree more!

Bret Brenner
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Bret Brenner

Unbelievable, now it all gets swept under the rug.

Fair person
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Fair person

Just relax people I am confident that everyone involved will be completely honest and professional and that Loser’s investigative team will be highly qualified and competent. No worries!! Beaver county senior staff are highly paid for a reason: They are the best!!!!!

MikeyB
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MikeyB

How does one get a county job i have two degrees and aced civil service test and got turned down 4x before i just gave up

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

@MikeyB: Nepotism. It’s has nothing to do with how smart you are.

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