The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are conducting a joint investigation into allegations that the trades workers performed jobs while on the county payroll other than what they were tasked to do.
They are alleged to have defrauded taxpayers out of more than $110,000. Authorities charged that the men falsified billing records for work that either hadn't been performed or that weren't county-related but were done on county time.When the FBI joined the Robutrad investigation, expanding it into a federal criminal probe, the possible avenues of prosecution also expanded. One of the FBI's key areas of investigation is public corruption, and federal authorities can wield the Hobbs Act. It prohibits extortion through fear or other means, and has long been a tool for political prosecutions.