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Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged

Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged
Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged



http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/10/29/joe30.html 

By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch
October 29, 2008 

A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for 
potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it 
first acknowledged.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family 
Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph 
Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to 
determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed 
unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President 
Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials 
checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he 
awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your 
pocket," he said.

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