Former LA ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter indicted

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in Baton Rouge has indicted Murphy J. Painter, former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

A statement from Assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Green says Painter allegedly made false statements to the FBI to gain personal information on several people from a national crime information computer system. The people were not under criminal investigation.

Charges include computer fraud, making false statements and identity theft.

Last year, a report from Louisiana's inspector general said Painter illegally gained state and federal information on a state representative, state District Court judges, staff members of the Legislature and governor's office and the wife of a U.S. senator.

Painter resigned in 2010.

A message seeking comment was left with his attorneys Wednesday morning.

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