The Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia sent a letter to the state's Inspector General, reminding him of that Deputy Attorney General Richard Neel used Star-Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams's home for a short time after Ken Cuccinelli took office.
Neel is the one time head of the Technology, Real Estate, Environmental, Finance & Transportation (TREEFT) Division. That part of the Attorney General's office was responsible for opposing the tax case against Williams.
According to the Attorney General's office this revelation is old news.
In her letter, Lauren Harmon writes that IG Michael Morehart should "investigate" the troubling matter.
Brian Gottstein a spokesman for the Attorney General's office points out that Neel publicly disclosed his stay at Williams house as required by law and that the arrangement was "temporary".
Furthermore- Gottstein said Neel's connection to the story has been reported by various news outlets- first by the Washington Post in April.
Regardless, the Democrats believe not enough has been done to explore the relationship between Neel, Cuccinelli and Williams.
"Virginians shouldn’t have to wonder if Cuccinelli and Neel’s receipt of Williams’ gifts had anything to do with their failure to get the $1.7 million he owed taxpayers, but since they do, it is appropriate for the Inspector General to investigate to determine whether or not their conduct violated Virginia’s legal or ethical standards," said party spokesman Brian Coy.
Gottstein said that Neel's relationship to the case was part of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring investigation into the case. An investigation that revealed there was no evidence that Cuccinelli or his staff had broke the law."Our office opposed the company’s position that it doesn’t owe the taxes," Gottstein said. "The commonwealth continues to calculate hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties on the back taxes owed, so the taxpayers are out nothing."