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May 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Polygraph world’s close ties spark accusations of favoritism

When polygrapher Walt Goodson began moonlighting for a private company, he didn’t think the law enforcement agency he worked for would care. After all, his supervisor had worked for his company’s competitor and had approved his outside job. But after investigators found Goodson’s relationship with the manufacturer to be improper partly because of his involvement in a bid, Goodson agreed it looked bad. Public employees are supposed to avoid conflicts of interest because they could give a company an unfair advantage over competitors or create a greater expense for the public agency that’s buying a product. Even so, Goodson is one of 14 current or former law enforcement officers across the country who’ve been described by Lafayette Instrument Co. Inc. as dealers over the last six years.

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