WHITE COUNTY — The investigation of White County Clerk Laura A. Cosgray appears to be coming to an end.
Indiana State Police have completed their investigation of computer information from when Cosgray was an employee at the clerk’s office, according to appointed special prosecutor Daniel J. Sigler.
In an email on Thursday, Sigler stated, “I am reviewing the investigation now.” He added that he “will be making a decision in the next few weeks.”
Sigler originally predicted an outcome in the investigation in January; however, the Indiana State Police lab hadn’t finished its investigation until recently.
Sigler, of Fort Wayne, was appointed special prosecutor in September at the request of White County Prosecutor Robert Guy.
Guy filed a motion in court that states, “In preparation for a potential lawsuit, the White County Commissioners discovered information that a crime(s) may have been committed by Laura A. Cosgray during the course of her employment with White County.”
It continues, “On September, 24, 2018, the Attorney for White County turned documents over to my office which possibly constitute evidence of a criminal act.”
Guy also requested the investigation of Cosgray be handled by Indiana State Police from outside the Lafayette district, which covers White County.
He requested someone from outside the White County political arena handle any investigation so there were no appearances of a conflict of interest, he said in September.
Both Guy and Cosgray ran as Republicans in the Nov. 6 elections. Cosgray won the White County Clerk office then, and Guy won another term as prosecutor.
He also said there are no existing charges against Cosgray, just the request for the investigation.
No one has said or indicated what possible crimes Cosgray may have committed or what potential charges, if any, could come from the investigation.
White County Attorney George Loy was the one preparing for the potential lawsuit because of a tort claim notice Cosgray had delivered to Loy’s office on July 17.
A tort claim sets forth an alleged wrongful act and could be the first step in a possible lawsuit.
Cosgray’s tort claim stated she felt she was wrongly fired from a deputy clerk position by then-White County Clerk Paula Lantz on Feb. 2, 2018.
According to the tort notice, “the termination of Laura Cosgray’s employment was politically motivated and retaliatory.”
The tort states she is seeking back pay, future pay and attorney’s fees.
Cosgray forwarded all questions about it to her attorney, James Ammeen, of Indianapolis
“I’m not discussing it,” she said.
Ammeen did not respond to attempts to contact him Thursday afternoon.