Town of Niagara
NIAGARA, N.Y.- The FBI has confirmed that its agents visited Niagara Town Hall on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.
The FBI would not comment on the specific reason for its visit to Niagara Town Hall, nor would it reveal the purpose of its investigation, stating that it has been working in conjunction with the state attorney general's office for the last year and a half.
Multiple town workers said the FBI gents were delivering grand jury subpoenas town town employees Monday.
A source with knowledge of the probe tells 2 on Your Side the investigation involves allegations of public corruption in the town. The source did not know, nor would not reveal, the target or targets of the investigation.
The FBI did confirm that it has interviewed multiple people as part of the investigation but it would not reveal whom its agents interviewed.
According to the Niagara Gazette, both town supervisor Steve Richards as well as town board members Robert Clark and Marc Carpenter acknowledged having been interviewed by the FBI within the last year and a half.
Richards told the Gazette the interview involved "town business", but would not elaborate.
2 On Your Side spoke to Clark Wednesday. He acknowledged spoke to the FBI multiple times. Clark said he is not the target of the probe.
CLARK: They're investigating things that have happened within the town within the past couple of years with one of the elected officials.
REPORTER: Can you give us a sense of what they were asking you about when they did interview you?
CLARK: I don't know if I'd be able to give that information right now. Just, more or less, town -- use of town items. Basically, things that would concern the town.
Richards has retained high-profile Buffalo criminal defense attorney Rodney Personius. Richards declined to comment to 2 On Your Side Wednesday, directing all inquiries to Personius, whom we have yet to hear back from.