October 5, 2017      6:14 PM
Updated: Investigation of Paxton broadens to include his $500,000 legal defense fund
"Some of that money collected is part of another investigation," said special prosecutor Kent Schaffer, speaking about a bribery investigation in Kaufman County first reported by the DMN's Lauren McGaughy
the Dallas Morning News report:
AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated under
bribery and corrupt-influence laws for accepting a six-figure gift from a CEO
whose company was under investigation by the state for fraud, the district
attorney leading the probe confirmed Thursday.
In July 2016, Austin-based
medical device company Preferred Imaging
LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement after a multiyear Medicaid and Medicare fraud
investigation. The year before, Preferred Imaging CEO James Webb had given $100,000 to help Paxton fight criminal fraud
charges the attorney general has been battling since July 2015.
response, Paxton’s spokesman Matt Welch
sent this statement to QR:
“We have fully cooperated
with this inquiry since it began many months ago and we have every indication
from the Kaufman County DA’s office that it will be completed soon. Attorney General Paxton’s personal financial
statement fully complies with Texas ethics laws and has been thoroughly vetted
by legal counsel who are ethics experts.
Despite irresponsible media speculation and wishful thinking by
political opponents, all the donations given to the Paxton legal defense effort
are in full compliance with state law and Mr. Webb’s donation was fully
disclosed on the required forms at the required time."