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Investigation of NCHP proves unexpectedly revealing

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After several state troopers were dismissed from the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), Gov. Mike Easley commissioned a probe by Kroll Associates, a corporate investigative service renowned for its ability to ferret out—and keep—company secrets.

Kroll’s report on its foray into state-level law enforcement was a bit shocking, but not in the way anyone anticipated.

The 47-page report, released in April, revealed that the NCHP is “highly professional and well-managed.” Good news, but a bit of a snoozer. But what reporters and gadflies found when they delved deeper into the electronic data file that accompanied the write-up was anything but boring.

There they found the names of seven executives and several oil companies entirely unrelated to the highway patrol investigation. That info appeared to have been part of an ongoing “due diligence investigation”—business speak for the type of inquiry Kroll often conducts for corporations considering takeovers of other companies.

Oops! At least the heat is off the NCHP.

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