Report: Tennessee discrimination investigator faked statements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit into the work of a former investigator with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission found more than a dozen cases included falsified witness statements.

The report released Wednesday found fake statements in 13 employment discrimination cases handled by Leonard Madu, who worked for the state watchdog agency for 14 years before he was forced to resign in August 2007.

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, which issued the report, said the resignation was in lieu of termination for gross misconduct.

The comptroller's investigation began in July 2007 after an unidentified person had concerns about the way an employee discrimination complaint was handled. Despite the report's findings, the commission did not determine that a different conclusion should have been reached in any of the cases at issue.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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