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Oregon to pay some legal fees for 5 former employees in Cover Oregon-related criminal case

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Five former Oregon officials involved in building the state's botched health insurance exchange have asked the state to pick up their legal bills in a federal investigation.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1nXd2MV ) the state will give each of them up to $35,000. The money is available to current or former state employees in criminal cases.

The five are Rocky King, Bruce Goldberg, Carolyn Lawson, Aaron Karjala and Triz delaRosa.

None has been charged. If they were convicted of a crime, they would have to refund the money.

A grand jury is investigating the Cover Oregon exchange and has issued a subpoena for records. The five were named in the subpoena.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has in part blamed state managers for the project's failure and said he held them accountable.

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