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10 SUBPOENAS ISSUED IN PROBE OF TIMP CENTER; REASONS SECRET

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About 10 subpoenas have been issued in the ongoing investigation of the Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center - an investigation that may yield further criminal charges.

At the order of 4th District Judge George E. Ballif, attorneys and others involved with the case cannot disclose the reason for the subpoenas.Ballif approved the subpoenas last Friday, directing individuals to appear in the attorney general's office and provide sworn testimony later this month, said John Clark, spokesman for Attorney General Paul Van Dam.

The judge also approved a secrecy order in which a statement justifying the issuance of the subpoenas was sealed, Clark said.

Utah County's three commissioners received subpoenas Friday requesting they appear in the attorney general's office May 22.

According to Commissioner Sid Sandberg, the period under investigation is 1985 and 1986 - before any of the present commissioners were in office. Commissioners Brent Morris and Malcolm Beck began their terms in 1987, about a year before three top officials at the center were charged with misusing more than $3.5 million in public funds.

Some documents were also subpoenaed, Clark said. Not all of the 10 subpoenas have been served.

The investigation may result in new criminal charges in the case, but Clark would not comment on the new leads or targets.

In Monday's commission meeting, commissioners discussed retaining the law firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker and its attorneys Anthony Schofield and John A. Adams to represent the county during the investigation.

"In order to provide our employees with a proper level of representation, there has been a suggestion brought before commissioners that we retain counsel for the purpose of interfacing with the state attorney general's office," Sandberg said.

"As the investigation has gone forward, it has become disruptive of the county's business and more importantly a concern to the employees that work here as to the response they should make to the inquiries of investigators."

He said the county wants to expedite the investigation and cooperate fully with the attorney general's office. "This is not a change in cooperation, but merely an action being taken to ensure that every inquiry made be done through the proper channels and in the proper manner."