FBI raids Lake County Ind. Sheriff’s office

PORTAGE, Ind. -- The FBI raided the Lake County Sheriff's office today.  Insiders say the agents are investigating corruption charges.

Federal agents and Indiana State Troopers are seen leaving the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Some carried  boxes and bags seized in the raid that began about 9 a.m. today and involves additional departments within county government as well.

Federal authorities confirm to WGN News they were on county property executing search warrants.

Also today, agents were seen leaving the nearby home of Sheriff John Buncich.

Buncich is a career law-enforcement officer and has been elected several times, the most recent in November of 2014.

According to published reports, the investigation centers around allegations of bribery concerning the contracts of towing companies and campaign donations.

 

A department spokesman issued a statement in response to the investigation saying:

 

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is cooperating with our Federal law enforcement partners, fully assisting the FBI with their inquiry. Regular Sheriff's Department operations are continuing. We assure the citizens of Lake County that their safety remains our top priority.