Cambria County DA’s office to hand over judge-ordered records

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Cambria County District Attorney’s office officials say they plan to comply with a new court-order forcing them to hand over financial records from their drug forfeiture account.

This was one of four Right-to-Know requests the judge ruled on. The other requests include overtime for county employees, an audit of the forfeiture spending and records for two payments made to a current district judge.

The rulings indicate that the audit is not public information.

The DA’s office said they worried releasing the information could compromise their undercover drug operations.

The ruling does allow the DA’s office to conceal or redact any information that would put their officers or confidential informants in jeopardy.

“Even a date, a location, even such as, ‘McDonald’s in Johnstown,’ unfortunately, that could identify where a particular undercover buy took place,” said Assistant District Attorney Jessica Aurandt.

The DA’s office has until January 14 to hand over the records.

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