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Ex-officer says he was fired for whistle-blowing

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A former police officer and council member in an Ohio River city said in a federal lawsuit that he was fired for blowing the whistle on public corruption.

Doug Taylor's federal lawsuit accuses Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr and other city officials of ghost employment, theft of public funds and other misconduct.

Taylor claims he was fired from his job on the police department for publishing a report exposing wrongdoing by officials. The lawsuit says Taylor had been a police officer for 22 years before he was fired last September.

The lawsuit was filed July 25 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

The mayor and city attorney didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment Friday. Questions were referred to the city's marketing director, who did not immediately respond.

The Indianapolis Star reported late last year that various government officials had supported grants from casino money for companies to which they had close family or financial ties. In most cases, those connections were not disclosed, the Star said.

The report involved a committee of state and local officials that recommends how to spend $10 million a year in revenue from Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg. The grant program is intended to stimulate economic development in economically challenged Southeast Indiana.

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Tim Horty said Friday that he could neither confirm nor deny whether there is any federal investigation of Lawrenceburg public officials.

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