Idaho AG investigating public corruption complaints

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his office has received nearly 60 complaints concerning county-level public corruption ever since lawmakers expanded the scope of his office last year.

Wasden told legislative budget writers Tuesday that 12 of the complaints are being investigated, 16 are pending and 30 didn't meet the criteria to be prosecuted. Wasden added that his office launched a new page on the state's website in July to make it easier to file complaints against elected officials.

The Attorney General's office is requesting more money to fill eight new positions, which includes hiring two attorneys and two investigators, for fiscal year 2016.

On Monday, legislative auditors reported that the state could save taxpayer dollars by adding additional staff to Wasden's office instead of using expensive private attorneys.

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