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By Mike Wereschagin
Monday, January 22, 2007

Allen Jones was being watched.

In July 2002, Jones, then an investigator in Pennsylvania's Office of the Inspector General, had been assigned to determine whether a state official took money from drug companies trying to do business with the state. Jones said that when he tried to investigate the drug companies, his bosses told him to back off.

He didn't. Jones said his investigation of the companies resulted in harassment from his superiors and silence from his friends in the office. His supervisors began checking his phone records. The last straw came when his boss, with whom he'd worked for years, pulled him aside and told him to "quit swimming against the stream."

"I had made the decision, sitting in that chair, that day, to be a whistleblower," said Jones, of Beaver Springs, Snyder County, who later lost his job for going public with what he'd found -- information that led to the indictment of one state official. . .

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