In an interview with Argus Leader Media, Attorney General Marty Jackley also deflected criticism and conspiracy theories surrounding his charging decisions in the state's EB-5 and Gear Up cases.
Jackley said he plans to work with legislators on a set of bills for next year that will bring harsher penalties for those who benefit from conflicts of interest. He said he hoped new conflict laws would require felony charges for those who benefit from conflicts of interest, could increase the likelihood of jail time on those charges and would require reporting those conflicts to the attorney general's office.
None of the four people facing criminal charges in connection with an embezzling scheme at a Platte educational cooperative or the state's investment-for-visa program will see conflict of interest charges, Jackley said, because existing policies "don't have any teeth."
And Jackley says his office should be notified sooner about existing conflicts. He said he didn't feel he had enough information about the audits and investigations into possible conflicts at Mid-Central Educational Cooperative when he received news September 17, 2015 that the group's business director Scott Westerhuis along with his wife and four children had died in a fire that destroyed their Platte home.
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