June 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

Grand jury reviewing road commission records in Berrien County

Benton Township — An official says a federal grand jury is reviewing financial records of the Berrien County Road Commission from a period of several years.

Managing Director Louis Csokasy, who was hired in October, says the commission has provided records requested under subpoena by federal authorities in Grand Rapids. Csokasy says the records are for 2009 to 2012.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports (http://bit.ly/1sqcHoy ) federal transportation officials in 2013 began a review of the commission’s use of funding. An official from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General interviewed employees and reviewed documents.

The investigation followed complaints raised by employees in 2012 about issues including accounting. An independent investigator also issued a report. Since then, two road commissioners were fired, another resigned and several managers left their positions.