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State Worker Emails Show Offer of Cash for Silence

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former state employee has released emails showing she was clearly offered additional money for her silence, contradicting what Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll have said.

Carol Frank, who was laid off from her job at DAS in 2011, says she was offered money specifically to keep the terms of her settlement with the state quiet. Carroll last week bluntly said it wasn't true and Branstad reaffirmed that Monday, saying he believes Carroll.

The emails include a message from former DAS attorney Ryan Lamb indicating Lamb agrees to "offer $6,500 for additional term."

A response from Frank's attorney says she accepts the offer of confidentiality for payment of an additional $6,500.

Spokesmen for Branstad and Carroll did not immediately respond.