DOJ: Utah isn’t handing over documents for grant probe

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 file photo, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes stands outside the Utah Sate Capitol in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Department of Justice says the Utah attorney general’s office has failed to turn over documents for a federal investigation into allegations that state officials lied about budget cuts during the Great Recession to get federal grants.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that the DOJ has asked a federal court to compel the state to comply with the subpoenas.

The DOJ says in the court filing that the state “has failed to produce a single document” despite numerous requests to state Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office since April.

The DOJ is investigating if state officials falsely represented that budget cuts eliminated state jobs so they could obtain grants from 2009 to 2013.

Reyes’ office says in a statement that it has cooperated with the investigation.

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