Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Henry's travel records subpoenaed


Sought: Files from 1995 to present

By Mark R. Chellgren
The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Federal authorities have subpoenaed travel records for Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and members of his Kentucky State Police security detail dating from his 1995 election.

        Copies of the subpoenas were released Monday by Gov. Paul Patton's office and the state police. “These offices will be cooperating with the production of the re quested documents and will have no further comments with regard to the subpoena or any related investigation,” said a statement from Rusty Cheuvront, Mr. Patton's director of communications.

        Louisville lawyer Jack Smith, who said he is representing Mr. Henry, said they are compiling the documents requested by the U.S. Attorney's Office but that he has not talked to prosecutors and does not know the subject of their inquiry.

        State Auditor Ed Hatchett said his staff, while reviewing the funding of Mr. Henry's gala wedding to former Miss America Heather French, passed information to the FBI.

        The review centered on whether state money and employees were used in planning and carrying out the wedding last October. “An allegation was raised that was outside of our work. We felt it was appropriate to refer it to federal authorities” — specifically, the FBI, Mr. Hatchett said in a telephone interview from Glasgow. Mr. Hatchett would not elaborate.

        The subpoenas were delivered to the state on March 8 and signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kent Wicker in the Western District of Kentucky office in Louisville. Mr. Wicker declined to confirm or deny the existence of any investigation during a telephone interview Monday.
       

Information due soon
               The subpoenas direct that the documents be delivered to a federal grand jury by March 21 or to the FBI by March 14. A call to the FBI office in Louisville seeking comment on Monday was not returned.

        FBI agents have also made inquiries at University of Louisville Hospital, where Mr. Henry is an orthopedic surgeon. Hospital spokesman Ken Marshall said FBI agents visited on March 6 and asked to interview surgical staff members. Mr. Marshall said the interviews are being arranged, though he did not know if Mr. Henry was the subject.

        University of Louisville spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith was asked about contacts from federal law enforcement authorities about Mr. Henry. “We have been contacted by federal authorities but I'm not going to talk to you about who,” Ms. Goldsmith said.

        The subpoena seeks “calendars, travel itineraries, travel vouchers and schedules” for Mr. Henry since he was elected lieutenant governor in 1995 “which reflect his travel and schedule during this time.”

        The subpoena for the state police seeks daily scheduling logs and monthly expense reports for members of Mr. Henry's executive security detail since his election.
       

Officers charged expenses
               Travel records for Mr. Henry previously examined by The Associated Press indicate that security officers often charged travel expenses such as hotel rooms for Mr. Henry.

        The records examined by the AP covered approximately the last 12 months and included trips to Indianapolis, Washington, New York and Puerto Rico.

       



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