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AG's office probing I-77 Mobility Partners

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has launched a probe of the company building the toll lanes along I-77 between Charlotte and Iredell County.

The probe was first made public in a post made by the anti-tolls group Widen I-77 over the weekend.

In its post, the group made public a civil investigative demand letter sent by the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division.

WBTV has confirmed with the AG’s office that it sent a letter to I-77 Mobility Partners in December seeking a long list of information, evidence and documents related to its contract with the North Carolina department of Transportation.

Under North Carolina law, a civil investigative demand letter is an administrative subpoena and works much like a subpoena for documents that would be served in a criminal case.

DOCUMENT: Read the civil investigative demand letter sent by the AG’s office

The existence of a probe by Cooper’s office comes after an On Your Side Investigation exposed a delay in responding to accusations of corruption first made by a Cornelius resident last summer.

More recently, the civil investigative demand letter was made public following comments from Governor Pat McCrory claiming Cooper—the frontrunner in the Democratic primary to challenge the sitting governor—could have stopped the state’s signing of the contract with I-77 Mobility Partners.

The McCrory administration’s continued support of the toll lanes prompted a Republican primary challenge by former State Representative Robert Brawley.

In an email Sunday, a spokeswoman for the company said it received the demand letter and is providing the requested documents.

The demand letter from the AG’s office required I-77 Mobility Partners to provide the documents by January 15. It was not clear whether the company had met that deadline.

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