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DETCOG executive director speaks about FBI investigation

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Ever since the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Regional office in Jasper was raided by FBI officials on Feb. 5, many residents in the 12 county coverage area have been worried about services they receive. DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles agreed to sit down with the East Texas News for a one on one interview.

"We encourage the public to know what we are doing because we always want to be as transparent as we can," Diggles said.

Diggles said he was in Austin for a meeting with other councils, but told staff members to stay calm.

"It was kind of a surprise; not knowing that something like that was coming to the agency," Diggles said. "My instructions to the staff were to be as corporative and open to the officials as they come in and do their job," Diggles said.

The FBI has been silent as to what their business was in the office as well as Diggles home and church, but he tried to answer that question.

"It is my understanding that they were looking at inner-party transactions that may have some impropriety," Diggles said.

Diggles added that he is confident in his employees.

"As far as DETCOG is concerned and myself, I have full confidence in the operations we have done, both at the church and at DETCOG that there is no impropriety what so ever."

DETCOG helps residents in 12 counties and will distribute $22 million a year to help those in need of assistance, and will continue despite the investigation.

"It's unfortunate into the incident that has led to the investigation, but we will go ahead and comply with what they ask us to do," Diggles said. "At the same time we are going to keep serving the general public with the program and services we do here at DETCOG."

The East Texas News reached out to the legal team with DETCOG, but did not receive a response. Katie Chaumont with the FBI field office in Dallas said that at this time there are no details that can be released.

Diggles said that by law DETCOG is required to undergo audits by both the state and outside groups since the amount of state and federal funding goes beyond the minimum.

On Wednesday, they were actually undergoing a audit and had more scheduled but those have been put on hold right now.

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