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Federal-state anti-corruption task force formed

INDIANAPOLIS – A new anti-corruption task force in the southern two-thirds of the state will bring together the resources of the Indiana State Police, the FBI and seven other federal agencies.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced the creation of the task force in Indianapolis on Monday, months after he said his office would pay more attention to government corruption and public integrity. Since then, the Justice Department has won a bribery conviction against one former Indianapolis city-county councilman and a fraud indictment against another. It also prosecuted a Jackson County official accused of fraud.

The task force also will include customs officials, postal inspectors, the Secret Service and members of other agencies.

A similar anti-corruption task force operates in northern Indiana.