January 17, 2013 | Volume 43, No.2

Police chief lagged on wire fraud case

In 2012, others and myself witnessed felony wire fraud in Haines. On July 12, 2012, evidence of felony wire fraud (over 100 pages) was submitted to the Haines Police Department. On Aug. 9, 2012, I called HPD and was informed the evidence had not been sent to the district attorney in Juneau. On Sept. 26, 2012, I spoke with HPD Chief Gary Lowe, regarding the wire fraud case. Lowe stated: “…We’ve got the sheet that says the DA is not going to prosecute it …” and “…the evidence has not been to the DA...” In a subsequent conversation with the DA in Juneau, on Oct. 31, 2012, the DA stated: “…I have received the full case file from Haines now…” On Dec. 28, 2012, a grand jury in Juneau returned seven felony indictments against the individual accused of wire fraud.

The Chief of Police apparently doesn’t know:

Chief Lowe quoted in the CVN on Nov. 15, 2012: “…Lowe said he doesn’t know how many...” Chief Lowe, quoted in CVN, Dec. 6, 2012, saying: “...Right now I don’t know…” Chief Lowe, quoted in CVN, Dec.13, 2012, saying: “...Lowe said he didn’t know... ”

When I informed the Haines Borough Assembly of the failure of the HPD to do their job, the next day the manager ordered no borough vehicles be brought to my business.

Please let the assembly know if you object to another one-year contract for the borough manager. Please attend the Haines Borough meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Paul A. L. Nelson