Harvey’s ex-comptroller took the Fifth 178 times
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter August 18, 2014 1:13AM
Joseph Letke, Franklin Park village comptroller, reads from a 2008 audit of the village after Village President Barrett Pedersen announced the village is missing $8.7 million from its accounts (Mark Lawton/Staff Writer)
Updated: September 19, 2014 6:08AM
Federal regulators call it a “fiasco.”
But the City of Harvey’s former comptroller, Joseph Letke, didn’t want to talk under oath about his leading role in an unfolding scandal that has left the poor and crime-plagued south suburb close to financial ruin.
“I respectfully decline to answer on the basis of my Fifth Amendment right to remain silent,” the 55-year-old said.
It was a phrase he repeated a staggering 178 times during a deposition in April, recently filed court papers show.
A lawyer for Harvey was in the room as Letke took the Fifth time and time again. Yet Letke continued to advise Mayor Eric Kellogg for months.