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Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart investigates government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. His stories focus on government spending in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Society of Ohio. He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. He also collaborates on I-Team stories with WHIO-TV. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Find @ITeamOhio on Twitter Find I-Team on Facebook

Latest from Josh Sweigart

Centerville attorney pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme role
 Local attorney Steven Scudder pleaded guilty this morning to his role in the $70 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by William and Connie Apostelos, who themselves are due in federal court today for a hearing and potential pleas. Scudder, 62, of Centerville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud, admitting that he used his position...

Posted: a day ago

Local attorney Steven Scudder pleaded guilty this morning to his role in the $70 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by William and Connie Apostelos, who themselves are due in federal court today for a hearing and potential pleas. Scudder, 62, of Centerville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud, admitting that he used his position...
Audit: County ag society overpaid worker
 The Montgomery County Agricultural Society improperly paid out unused personal and vacation leave when its office manager left in 2014, according to a state audit released Thursday. Former office manager Debbie Long received $1,150 for 11.5 unused personal days, state auditors found, even though the agricultural society’s handbook states...

Posted: a day ago

The Montgomery County Agricultural Society improperly paid out unused personal and vacation leave when its office manager left in 2014, according to a state audit released Thursday. Former office manager Debbie Long received $1,150 for 11.5 unused personal days, state auditors found, even though the agricultural society’s handbook states...
Players said they had heads shaved at UD football parties
 Numerous players on the 2014 University of Dayton football team told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at “Mad Caps” parties they were “encouraged” to attend by other team members, campus police records show. The parties on Dec. 7, 2014, are the subject of a civil...

Posted: 2 days ago

Numerous players on the 2014 University of Dayton football team told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at “Mad Caps” parties they were “encouraged” to attend by other team members, campus police records show. The parties on Dec. 7, 2014, are the subject of a civil...
I-Team FactCheck: Does Trump’s Ed Secy pick owe Ohio $5.3M?
 One major criticism leveled by opponents of Betsy DeVos’ nomination as education secretary is the claim she owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million in fines for a political action committee she was involved in violating state elections laws. “This $5.3 million that Betsy DeVos owes Ohio could pay for more teachers, technology upgrades...

Posted: 3 days ago

One major criticism leveled by opponents of Betsy DeVos’ nomination as education secretary is the claim she owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million in fines for a political action committee she was involved in violating state elections laws. “This $5.3 million that Betsy DeVos owes Ohio could pay for more teachers, technology upgrades...
No charges from golf course thefts
 A police investigation into the former golf pro at Dayton’s Community Golf Course found 19 golf carts were potentially stolen from the city-owned golf course, eight people had paid thousands of dollars for memberships that were never deposited and bank deposits were missing, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team...

Posted: 3 days ago

A police investigation into the former golf pro at Dayton’s Community Golf Course found 19 golf carts were potentially stolen from the city-owned golf course, eight people had paid thousands of dollars for memberships that were never deposited and bank deposits were missing, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team...
Riders struggled during RTA strike
 Staff Writers Jeremy P. Kelley and Cornelius Frolik contributed reporting. As representatives of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and union officials haggled over pay and benefits amid a bus driver strike last week, 24-year-old Heidi Gentis played the role of chauffeur. “Do you need a ride?” she yelled to Chuck Bond...

Posted: 6 days ago

Staff Writers Jeremy P. Kelley and Cornelius Frolik contributed reporting. As representatives of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and union officials haggled over pay and benefits amid a bus driver strike last week, 24-year-old Heidi Gentis played the role of chauffeur. “Do you need a ride?” she yelled to Chuck Bond...
County offering cab rides to VA for vets amid RTA strike
 The Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission is offering taxi rides to local veterans needing a ride to appointments at the Dayton VA medical center amid an ongoing Dayton Regional RTA bus driver strike. The service is only available to Montgomery County veterans, who can call the VSC at (937) 225-4801 to arrange a ride. The VSC has...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission is offering taxi rides to local veterans needing a ride to appointments at the Dayton VA medical center amid an ongoing Dayton Regional RTA bus driver strike. The service is only available to Montgomery County veterans, who can call the VSC at (937) 225-4801 to arrange a ride. The VSC has...
Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare
 Editor’s note:
               Our I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2016 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have...

Posted: 10 days ago

Editor’s note: Our I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2016 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have...
I-Team: How does RTA driver, CEO pay compare across Ohio
 Greater Dayton RTA and union officials cite two main disagreements for this week’s labor strike: back pay and insurance premiums. The strike is impacting mobility for thousands of people and has implications for how tax money is spent. The RTA gets most of its revenue from sales tax and federal funding. The agency received about $41...

Posted: 11 days ago

Greater Dayton RTA and union officials cite two main disagreements for this week’s labor strike: back pay and insurance premiums. The strike is impacting mobility for thousands of people and has implications for how tax money is spent. The RTA gets most of its revenue from sales tax and federal funding. The agency received about $41...
Cost of WSU probe tops $2M
 A ongoing federal investigation into possible immigration-related wrongdoing at Wright State University has cost the school roughly $2.2 million, according to calculations WSU officials made in response to questions from the I-Team. Those costs — never previously revealed — show how deeply the investigation has financially...

Posted: 14 days ago

A ongoing federal investigation into possible immigration-related wrongdoing at Wright State University has cost the school roughly $2.2 million, according to calculations WSU officials made in response to questions from the I-Team. Those costs — never previously revealed — show how deeply the investigation has financially...
Elected officials across region get 10.25 percent pay raises
 *** County elected officials and township trustees across Ohio are getting 10.25 percent pay raises this year, spiking pay for some by more than $12,000. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck and Coroner Kent Harshbarger, the area’s highest paid elected officials, will each get $12,148 raises, bringing their pay to $130,661. The raises...

Posted: 15 days ago

*** County elected officials and township trustees across Ohio are getting 10.25 percent pay raises this year, spiking pay for some by more than $12,000. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck and Coroner Kent Harshbarger, the area’s highest paid elected officials, will each get $12,148 raises, bringing their pay to $130,661. The raises...