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Report: Records search on Joe the Plumber improper

By: AP
By: AP

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ohio's government watchdog says an agency director improperly used state computers to find personal information on the man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.

Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles says in a report released Thursday that Helen Jones-Kelley, the head of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services, looked up Samuel J. Wurzelbacher's records without any legitimate business purpose.

The inspector general looked into 18 background checks on the Toledo-area man and found that eight of them had no legitimate business purpose.

Jones-Kelley was placed on leave earlier this month over separate allegations that a state computer or state e-mail account was used to assist in political fundraising.

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