BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The state's former commissioner for Alcohol and Tobacco Control, seeking to have his federal computer fraud indictment dismissed, says state investigators destroyed computer files on equipment removed from his office.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1i6R0SK ) Murphy Painter testified at a hearing Tuesday the Louisiana Office of Inspector General did not properly secure his office computer on Aug. 13, 2010, the day his state career ended. He also contends evidence favorable to him was removed from his computer while in OIG's possession.
His jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 9 in the Baton Rouge court of U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.
Painter maintains he was fired by Gov. Bobby Jindal because of his refusal to approve a liquor license for an entertainment square outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Jindal administration announced Painter's departure as a resignation.
Painter was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2012 for computer fraud in connection with his alleged use of law enforcement databases for personal reasons. He also was charged with aggravated identity theft and for allegedly lying about his use of those databases.
Painter has denied all those allegations in court.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com