County Aide Suspended After Investigation

11/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cook County President Todd Stroger's best friend's wife, county purchasing agent Carmen Triche-Colvin, was suspended after an inspector general investigation found she violated county policies for awarding contracts and used a fax machine in violation of federal law, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The investigation found that Triche-Colvin didn't properly correspond with a vendor seeking a county contract and sent out faxes that did not contain a time stamp and return phone number, which violates federal statutes. County inspector general Pat Blanchard said the county ordinances prohibit him from providing details of the investigation.

After the investigation, Stroger's cousin, county chief executive officer Donna Dunnings, suspended Triche-Colvin for two days.

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