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Thomas investigation won't focus on other County Board members

Thomas investigation won't focus on other County Board members

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office concluded its John Doe investigation that resulted in corruption charges against a Milwaukee County Supervisor and announced Friday that it would not charge any other County Board members.

County supervisor Johnny Thomas was arrested after he took $500 from county department head to make sure thomas added a contract bid to the board's agenda, and he was promised an additional $500 as a donation to his comptroller campaign.
 
Thomas is the chairman of the Committee on Finance and Audit and, as chairman, he sets the agenda for all finance meetings.
 
The investigation began when a county department head tipped off investigators with concerns about how thomas was handling county contracts for services.
 
Thomas was arrested on December 12th and, according to the criminal complaint, he admitted to investigators that he took the $500 in cash.
 
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm says even though Thomas never asked for the money, he claims it is not entrapment.

"Entrapment an affirmative defense," Chisholm said.  "There is no entrapment here.  There is no reasonable explanation for taking $500 in cash under these circumstances."

Thomas has suspended his campaign for city comptroller.