From The Blade

The Blade (on January 29) sued to force the Ohio inspector general to publicly release his report of the so-called Coingate scandal nine years after the investigation was launched.

The lawsuit, filed in the Ohio Supreme Court, noted it’s been two years since Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reversed position and announced it would complete the report after initially saying it would not. It also notes that annual reports issued in recent years by the office have stopped mentioning any ongoing investigation of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

In December 2008, former Toledo area coin dealer Tom Noe, 59, now “Inmate A589407,” began serving an 18-year sentence for stealing $13 million from a $50 million rare-coin and collectibles investment fund he operated for the state-run insurance fund for injured workers.

“There can be no doubt that (the inspector general’s) investigation of the Noe-related investments and ancillary matters is now complete and that it has been complete for the past several years,” reads the lawsuit filed on behalf of The Blade by Toledo attorney Fritz Byers

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