Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman appears at Libre's Law news conference

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman speaks outside the state Capitol on April 24, 2017, advocating for stricter animal cruelty laws. Records show Stedman drove a Toyota Highlander, which is leased with drug forfeiture proceeds, to Harrisburg that day.

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.

LancasterOnline county government reporter Carter Walker recaps what we know about Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman's SUV lease. Since January 2016, the district attorney has spent more than $21,000 in drug forfeiture proceeds, the largest source of revenue for the county’s taxpayer-supported Drug Task Force, to lease and maintain the sport-utility vehicle, records show.

Stedman has driven the SUV to Harrisburg at least 16 times since the spring of 2017, parking records show. His expense reports show he used the vehicle for district attorney business — attending legislative hearings, meeting with the governor’s staff and taking part in law conferences and training — that was not directly related to drug-law enforcement.

Stedman also sought and received reimbursement for $505.93 in mileage during that time — including $41.73 for the Libre’s Law event — under a county policy that allows employees to recover wear and tear on their personal cars while driving on official business.

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