Indicted man remains on job at Corrections

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An internal affairs investigator for the Department of Corrections remains on the job, despite having been charged in a federal indictment with bankruptcy fraud.

Stephen Porter, who works in the department's Anchorage headquarters office, was indicted in July by a federal grand jury on one count of lying on a 1999 bankruptcy petition and one count of hiding assets from creditors and the court. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the end of the month.

Porter is a labor relations specialist whose job includes investigating the alleged wrongdoing of employees and defending the department's decision to discipline or fire them.

According to his official job description as published by the department, his duties also include defending the department against employee grievances, appearing at quasi-judicial arbitration hearings, and negotiating with employee unions on behalf of the state.

A spokesman for the department refused to say if Porter's duties have been changed pending the outcome of the charges.

''The administration of the Department of Corrections is aware of the indictment and is monitoring the situation,'' Corrections spokesman Bruce Richards said Friday.

The indictment says Porter hid his ownership of a 44-foot sailboat, the ''Artemis,'' that he paid to have built in British Columbia. Prosecutors estimated the value of the boat at $150,000.

Reached by phone at his office by the Anchorage Daily News, Porter declined to comment.

Assistant U. S. attorney Karen Loeffler said her office files a lot of bankruptcy fraud cases, but they rarely get publicity.

''People serve real time for it,'' Loeffler said.

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