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Louisville councilwoman under investigation

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin is under scrutiny.

Shanklin is accused of misusing a $30,000 program to help former inmates by participating in it herself, along with her family and friends.

The councilwoman was also questioned about having her grandson, Gary Bohler, employed with her office after it was made public that he had six felony arrests in seven years.

Bohler no longer works at Shanklin's office.

Fellow Democrat, Councilman Brent Ackerson, has asked the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee to investigate Shanklin.

"We have an issue that deals with neighborhood developments funds so some of the discretionary funds are alleged to have been misused," said Republican and GAE Committee Chairman Jerry Miller.

Miller says opening an investigation would not be fair.

"Councilwoman Shanklin deserves due process, but Metro Council, nor any of its committees, are investigators," Miller said.

Miller also said an investigation could jeopardize what an outside agency, like LMPD, concludes.

While it may be reminiscent of a similar scandal last year involving Dr. Judy Green, Miller said these cases are unusual.

"By and large it's hard working people trying to do the right thing for their constituents," Miller said.

Those members are not publicly talking about the matter.

"For anyone on the Metro Council right now, it's way too early to comment on what to do next because we should just sit back and wait and see what the results are," Metro Council Spokesperson Tony Hyatt said.

In a released a statement, Shanklin said, "As I have said since these newspaper stories began, I have done nothing wrong in my service to my community. I was unaware of an investigation by the Metro Police Public Integrity Unit, but I welcome any review of what I have done and I look forward to cooperating with any investigation."

Louisville Metro Police will determine whether its Public Integrity Unit will pursue an investigation.

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