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Wisconsin DOJ Investigated Matter and Referred To U.S. Attorney's Office


MADISON - United States Attorney Steve Biskupic, FBI Special-Agent-In-Charge Richard Ruminski, and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that a federal criminal complaint was issued today charging that Larry J. Lupton, a vice president for UGL Equis Corporation, solicited a kickback and revealed confidential bid information in connection with the proposed sale of a state office building located in Madison.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice received information relating to the matter and began an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing. Due to the interstate nature of the investigation and the potential federal felonies at issue, the Department of Justice referred the matter to the United States Attorney's Office.


The case was investigated by agents of the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Department of Administration fully cooperated with officials investigating the case. The criminal complaint contains no allegations of wrongdoing by any state official or employee.


"My office takes allegations of corruption very seriously," Van Hollen said. "We will continue to work cooperatively with state agencies and law enforcement to ensure the integrity of the state procurement process."


The case is a federal prosecution being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Haanstad.


The public is cautioned that a criminal complaint is merely the formal method of returning charges against an individual and does not constitute evidence of guilt. A person is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, the government proves criminal allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.


All inquiries on this matter should be directed to the office of United States Attorney Steven Biskupic. The Wisconsin Department of Justice will not be providing any further comment on this matter at this time.