DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Federal officials say that the group of indictments handed down Tuesday is only the “first wave” of arrests and charges that could be coming.
“We’re here this afternoon to announce the first wave of charges arising out of a long-term investigation into suspected public corruption here in Dayton, Ohio,” says U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.
Federal authorities say there’s more to come after four men were indicted on 13 total counts of corruption and fraud.
Glassman said, “This has been a top priority of the FBI for a long time, and they have been working closely not only with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auditor’s office, and with my office. So, we’ve been working closely together to supervise this investigation for quite a while.”
Authorities refused to elaborate on what sparked this particular investigation and would not disclose their techniques, since they may still be using those surveillance methods on other people of interest.
“This has been a lengthy investigation, using a variety of sophisticated investigative methods, to uncover what appears to be a culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics,” said Joe Deters, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the FBI.
Local, state, and federal authorities have worked seamlessly throughout the investigation with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost calling it one of the most cooperative investigations he’s ever seen.
Glassman did not outline a timeline for the next potential charges but did say his office and other federal authorities will follow the trail however far it may go.
“You can’t put a number or a price tag in terms of resources on what we are going to spend in order to investigate and prosecute public corruption. It’s that important,” he said.
State and federal authorities ended Tuesday’s conference with an ominous warning, saying more arrests are coming.