Complaint On Mourdock Filed With Inspector General "A review and comparison of Mr. Mourdock's federal and state disclosures potentially reveals a minimum of 40 discrepancies and up to 76," according to a citizen complaint filed recently with the......
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Howey Politics Indiana
April 23, 2012
Discrepancies between Richard Mourdock's required personal financial filings as a state officeholder and federal candidate are subject of an official complaint and possible government investigation, the Lugar campaign said (Howey Politics Indiana).
Under state law, Murdock is required as a state officer to annually report outside business relationships, stocks, properties, current and most recent employers, proprietorships, professional practices and directorships. Federal election law requires Mourdock to file similar information as a candidate for U.S. Senate.
"A review and comparison of Mr. Mourdock's federal and state disclosures potentially reveals a minimum of 40 discrepancies and up to 76," according to a citizen complaint filed recently with the Indiana Inspector General and Ethics Commission.
Specifically, the complaint alleges Mourdock failed to list a number of stock holdings on his 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Indiana financial disclosure statements that he listed on his 2010 federal disclosure. The complaint, dated Feb. 21, 2012, asked that the state open an official investigation.
Indiana Code provides that a person who intentionally or knowingly files a false statement commits a Class A infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year imprisonment. Additionally, Indiana code sets civil penalties for filing "deficient financial statements" at up to $10 per day.
Officials with the inspector general and Ethics Commission do not confirm whether or not an investigation is assigned or underway, however, the office did acknowledge to the citizen receipt and screening of the complaint on Feb. 27.
"I appreciate your letting us know this information," David Thomas, Inspector General emailed the complainant. "Keep in mind that other requests for similar investigations are sometimes made earlier as well," indicating his office may have already received other complaints of Mourdock's erroneous reports.