- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 15, 2004

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. John G. Rowland’s former chief of staff has been put on notice to expect a federal indictment this summer, the Associated Press has learned.

Peter Ellef, who has been investigated as part of the corruption probe for more than a year, would be the highest ranking member of Mr. Rowland’s inner circle to be indicted. Mr. Ellef oversaw construction projects that the FBI has been scrutinizing.

Investigators notified Mr. Ellef’s attorney, Hugh Keefe, of their plans last week, according to a source familiar with the timing of the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mr. Keefe would not confirm that conversation yesterday, but he said, “We’ve previously been informed that Mr. Ellef is a target of this investigation.”

Mr. Rowland, a Republican, is being investigated for gifts he received from wealthy friends and businessmen who got millions of dollars in state contracts. A legislative impeachment committee is in its second week of public hearings on Mr. Rowland’s conduct.

Mr. Ellef’s subordinate, Lawrence Alibozek, has pleaded guilty to steering contracts in exchange for money and gold. Mr. Alibozek is cooperating with federal investigators.

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