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Investigation Exonerates Huntsman Cabinet Member

News Release
April 18, 2005

Salt Lake City, Utah -- The results of an investigation of Community and Culture Interim Director Yvette Donosso Diaz were released today. The State Department of Public Safety (DPS) probe has found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Ms. Diaz. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Diaz had hired a South American native to care for her children. Diaz was accused of knowing that this individual was an undocumented worker.

"I am satisfied that the Department of Public Safety's investigation was thorough and complete," said Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. "I am pleased that now we can move forward with the nomination of a very qualified candidate."

As part of the investigation, Diaz provided documents to support her claims, including copies of the alien card the nanny provided to the Diaz's, checks paid to the nanny, and tax information. DPS also conducted a series of interviews to complete its investigation and found nothing to support any accusation that Yvette or her husband Marco intentionally or knowingly hired anyone who was illegal or undocumented.

"It has been difficult not to respond to accusations throughout the investigation. However we wanted to respect the protocol and the process, and ensure that all important issues could be publicly aired and put to rest," said Yvette Diaz. "From the beginning, we were confident that all of our documents and information would establish the truth."

Diaz will be considered for confirmation by the Utah State Senate this week.

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