FBI now involved in PEDC investigation

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PARIS, TX -- The FBI is now investigating the Paris Economic Development Corporation after allegations of criminal activity.

It all started after former Mayor AJ Hashmi received an anonymous letter alleging misconduct in the PEDC. The council voted 4-3 in March to hire an outside agency to conduct a forensic audit.

After not receiving their first report last month from the audit company, Defenbaugh & Associates, the council grew concerned.

PEDC Chair Rebecca Clifford says four reports have been completed, but because of the criminal activity allegations the reports have been turned over to the FBI.

"These reports have been accepted by the FBI for further investigation and/or prosecution," said Clifford. "Upon completion of the reports in progress more reports may be referred to the FBI "

Clifford says a summary report is expected in two weeks.