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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2008

Comptroller Susan Combs Appoints Ann O’Connell
as Special Counsel and Director of Criminal investigations

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced she has hired former Travis County criminal prosecutor Ann O’Connell as her new Special Counsel and Director of Criminal Investigations.

“Ann O’Connell has worked as a criminal prosecutor in Travis County for more than 12 years,” Combs said. “She has extensive experience in investigating and prosecuting a wide range of crimes, including family violence, child abuse, drug cases, property crimes, violent crimes and organized crime. She will be a great asset to our Criminal Investigations Division in investigating and cooperating with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on cases of tobacco, motor fuels and sales tax fraud.”

O’Connell is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Texas School of Law. She has received local and statewide recognition for her prosecution of child abuse cases and a commendation from the Austin Police Department’s Organized Crime Division for her work providing legal advice on sensitive investigations in the areas of narcotics conspiracy, gangs and high tech.

O’Connell begins work at the Comptroller’s office Oct. 13.

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