April 29, 2006 - Posted at 12:55 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Federal investigators are talking to
former state contractors about the way vehicle license offices have
been managed under Governor Blunt's administration.
A former contract agent for one of the offices tells The
Associated Press she's been contacted several times in the past ten
days by agents from the F-B-I. She said other former contractors
who ran the so-called fee offices have also been interviewed by the
An F-B-I spokesman says the agency won't confirm or deny an
Missouri has 183 offices run by private contractors that collect
vehicle sales taxes and drivers' license fees for the state. The
contracts usually go to loyal supporters of the governor.
The former contractor told The Associate Press the F-B-I is
asking if anything unusual happened when after Blunt took office
last year, including third-party management efforts.