Jan. 21, 2016:
A $10,000 deposit is put down on a 2016 Toyota Highlander from Lancaster Toyota with funds from the drug forfeiture account.
Sept. 11, 2018:
LNP files an initial public records request with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office for civil asset forfeiture records.
Oct. 18, 2018:
Lancaster County District Attorney’s office denies records request.
Nov. 6, 2018:
LNP appeals denial to state Office of Open Records.
Dec. 20, 2018:
LNP filed a second, separate public records request with the county for copies of lease payment receipts and a copy of a receipt Stedman submitted to the civil forfeiture account for reimbursement on a vehicle inspection. The request is eventually forwarded to the district attorney’s office.
Dec. 31, 2018:
The Dec. 20 request is received by the district attorney’s office Right to Know Law officer.
Jan. 2, 2019:
Stedman contacts County Controller Brian Hurter to alert him of overpayments in mileage reimbursement related to the Highlander over the past 3 years.
Stedman said his wife had alerted him to the error on Jan. 1, and he and Hurter eventually determine Stedman was erroneously reimbursed nearly $2000 for mileage on the vehicle.
Jan. 7, 2019:
Office of Open Records issues determination in favor of LNP’s September request, grants access to records.
Jan. 29, 2018:
The district attorney’s office denies LNP’s second request, which is currently on appeal with the Office of Open Records.
Feb. 6, 2019:
Lancaster County District Attorney’s office appeals the September request to Court of Common Pleas.
Feb. 20, 2019
Stedman writes a $1,459.94 check to reimburse the county’s general fund, whose primary source of revenue is taxpayer money. The controller allowed Stedman to keep $497.61 of the $1,957.56 in total reimbursed mileage for gas costs even though the district attorney did not provide receipts
Feb. 28, 2019:
Lancaster County Commissioners file petition to intervene in LNP’s bid to obtain civil asset forfeiture records.
March 1, 2019
Stedman, in a 12-page court filing, asks a court to keep the commissioners out of the Right to Know dispute.