State investigators are seeking copies of county phone records, multiple sources tell the Beaver Countian.

Investigators with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission contacted county officials last week seeking copies of phone logs dating back from 2015. Sources familiar with the request say the records being sought are for call log information from county-owned cellphones.

As the Beaver Countian reported in early February, investigators with the same state agency collected hundreds of pages of documents from the county containing financial information from former Commissioner Joe Spanik’s campaign committee.

The Beaver Countian published an investigative report in January of 2016 first revealing a trove of documents from Joe Spanik’s political operation, which were discovered on a county computer that had been used by his secretary.

Following the publication of the Beaver Countian’s report, District Attorney David Lozier instructed his County Detectives to do a preliminary investigation into the matter. Lozier said his detectives verified there was information that warranted further inquiry and referred the case to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission. Lozier told the Beaver Countian at the time that he wanted to avoid any appearances of political bias and that the Commission may be able to seek more substantial penalties if a prosecution proved appropriate than would be available if his office handled the case.

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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.

16 COMMENTS

    • It’s ok to do what, douglas edgell? Will you clarify that for me, please. I got a little lost there. Thank you

       
  1. “Lozier told the Beaver Countian at the time that he wanted to avoid any appearances of political bias and that the Commission may be able to seek more substantial penalties if a prosecution proved appropriate than would be available if his office handled the case.”

    You wouldn’t want those problems to impede the Connie Javens investigation, would you, Stonewall? Yes, campaign work on company time has always been worse than illegal access and diversion of public funds by friends, hasn’t it? What, did Spanik have a quid pro quo that you can prove? Maybe Tony can put in a good word for him and make this all go away.

     
    • There never was much of an investigation of Friendship Ridge, Javens, LaValle or anyone else. Nobody went out of there way to find anything. They do what they want and when they want. They all even get county cell phones. We the taxpayers get a tax hike.

       
  2. AND javens STILL SITTING
    ON HER THRONE….SHAME
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  3. @DOUG EDGELL ….. ” the THIEF , MINION AND SAVIOR ” That’s funny shit and could be said for more than a few.

    YOU DO TELL IT LIKE IT IS, I HAVE TO ADMIT. THE CITY SCREWED YOU AFTER YEARS OF SERVICE.

    The thief
    The minion
    The savior

    Lol biggest joke of a police department in the county. You get rank for????

     
  4. Joe is out of office. I don’t care about Joe Spanik, anymore. The have active, sitting people with unresolved issues to deal with. To Wit…

    has the Warren Commission finished reviewing the bank surveillance tapes to figure out the who, what, why, when of the Friendship Ridge deposits and withdrawals? Whatever became of that? That was worth a lot of cellphone calls.

     
    • Why in the hell are we paying for cell phones anyway? How many cell phones and who has them? What are these cell phones costing the taxpayers? If they would stay in the courthouse during working hours instead of being at casinos and such, they wouldn’t need cell phones.

       
      • Are they using county cell phones for personal calls? The taxpayers have to pay for our own cell phones and pay for their cell phones too. What a scam.

         
      • I agree, I’d like to know who has cell phones that we taxpayers are paying for?? Maybe the new commissioners should be asked that question?

         
      • Most people that are issued cell phones for their job are expected to keep them available at all times, therefore they are permitted to use them for reasonable personal use (unlimited domestic calling and texts). If they are considered “on call” this is the norm. If they are not expected to be reached off hours, then no cell phone is required.

         
  5. Another diversion. I am waiting for the revelation that the courthouse family had conversations with the Russians.

     

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