On Wednesday, KCBD NewsChannel 11 broke the news that the FBI investigation at Lubbock City Hall is over. Mayor Tom Martin said that no charges were filed and all materials seized from City Hall in 2008 were being returned.
The City and its former Health Insurance Administrator AAG/Icon have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle for nearly five years. The City accused the company and its owner, Ted Parker, of taking inappropriate commissions and overcharging taxpayers. Parker always denied the charges.
Parker has admitted to accidental overpayments to hospitals, doctors and clinics but denies any theft or other wrongdoing.
The City is self-insured, so its third-party health insurance administrator does not provide insurance but rather does the insurance paperwork for the City. Parker's company was replaced by another shortly after the legal hostilities began.
"I always had confidence in the FBI and the U.S. Attorney," said John Barr, attorney for Ted Parker. Barr spoke briefly to KCBD NewsChannel 11 by phone on Thursday.
Former City Councilman John Leonard was the target of rumor and innuendo when he spoke up in favor of Parker and against the City. Leonard also provided City of Lubbock documents to a friend of Parker prior to them becoming public record. Leonard had said he thought they were public record, and they did become public record shortly after the disclosure.
On Thursday, Leonard said in a prepared statement, "It is unfortunate that the personal politics of destruction, initiated by a key elected city official and a few city bureaucrats against a handful of their perceived opponents, were so extreme and costly to the taxpayers of Lubbock."
Mayor Martin told KCBD NewsChannel 11 on Wednesday, "Anybody that was the target of rumors and innuendo in the community, they are probably due a big apology."
No less than two lawsuits remain in court between the City and Parker's companies, and legal bills have totaled up to roughly $3.8 million. Parker no longer has controlling interest in the companies he once owned.
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