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Sen. Dave Hansen sends letter asking for criminal investigation into WEDC


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Democratic Senator Dave Hansen along with two other senators are asking the Dane County District Attorney to open a criminal investigation into the state’s troubled job creation agency. 

The Wisconsin Economic DevelopmentCorporation was the focus of a highly critical audit into its operations.  The audit found the agency failed to follow state laws in issuing awards, incentives, and tax credits, and failed to track tens of millions dollars in loans. 

“We received the letter, we’ll take a look at it,” Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne said “we look at everything we receive and go from there.”

Sen. Hansen says there needs to be an independent investigation and this seems to be the only way to compel their cooperation with state statutes. 

“We don’t know if it rises to the level of criminal behavior, and you don’t want to place blame,” Hansen said. “But what we want to see is WEDC comply with the law.” 

The letter was sent by Hansen along with Democrats Bob Wirch and Jon Erpenbach.