INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's former chairman has been indicted on charges alleging that he failed to remove an attorney for the panel from Duke Energy-related matters while that colleague was seeking a job at Duke.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Monday that a grand jury indicted David Lott Hardy on three counts of official misconduct.
The charges allege that Hardy communicated with Duke employees regarding efforts by former IURC attorney Scott Storms to land a job with Duke, and that he allowed Storms to continue handling Duke-related matters before the commission.
The indictment also alleges Hardy failed to disclose communications he had with a Duke employee over revised cost estimates of the company's $3 billion southern Indiana coal-gasification plant.
Hardy was fired last year by Gov. Mitch Daniels.