FBI Investigates Park Officials

May 30, 2006

Federal agents say Harvey Park District officials may have misused public funds.

Those officials are facing pressure to resign.

The FBI found records showing that three top park district officials used public funds to make purchases that appear to be personal.

That's according to an affidavit filed by a federal agent.

The affidavit names Board Chairman Julius Patterson, Executive Director Kendall Parrott and Assistant Director Linda Hudson.

Those officials have not been charged with any crime, but Park District Commissioner Brenda Thompson wants them to step down.

"I'm sure when all of the investigations are done, it may be bigger than it is," Thompson says. "I mean, we're going to do some digging; we're going find where all the bones are laying, you know, were buried."

The FBI seized a computer hard drive during a December 2004 raid on park district headquarters, and was granted a warrant last year to search two backpacks allegedly containing documents important to the case.

Officials named in the affidavit could not be reached for comment.