New FBI Team to Investigate Public Corruption in Ohio

Steve Neavling

A new team of five FBI agents soon will begin investigating public corruption in Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

While Ohio isn’t considered a hotbed of corruption, it will join many other states with a special squad dedicated to investigating public officials.

“Most capital cities have a squad,” said Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI’s southern Ohio division. “I decided we needed one, not because public corruption is any worse or better here but because there’s a better chance investigators will do a better job finding corruption if that’s all they do.”

The team, which will be stationed in Columbus in October, also will investigate civil-rights issues, according to the Dispatch.

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