Inspector General Probing Checks on Ohio Plumber

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio's inspector general is investigating
why state computers were used to find personal information on ``Joe
the Plumber.''

Investigators are trying to determine whether computer systems were illegally accessed to retrieve information about Toledo-area plumber Joe Wurzelbacher.

Helen Jones-Kelly, state Department of Job and Family Services director, says she approved a check after the Oct. 15 presidential debate to see whether Wurzelbacher was current on child support
payments. She says there were no political reasons behind the

Republican John McCain repeatedly cited Wurzelbacher's concerns over Democrat Barack Obama's tax proposals in that debate.

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