When Marino stepped down in October of that year, it ended the probe by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the newspaper reported, citing an unnamed source.
Marino became DeNaples’ attorney with a salary of $250,000 a year after leaving his federal job.
Marino, a Republican, is running for Congress against Democrat incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Carney for the 10th District seat.
Last spring, Marino said the Justice Department provided him with written permission to provide a reference letter for DeNaples. After Carney asked Marino to make the Justice permission document public, Marino said he could not release documents.
Marino never received permission to provide a referral for DeNaples, a Justice Department spokeswoman said last week.
A source told The Morning Call that in 2006 Marino’s assistants in the Middle District’s Harrisburg offices started investigating DeNaples then discovered the referral letter written in 2005, according to the newspaper. When this information was forwarded to Justice Department officials in Washington D.C., the entire Middle District division was removed from the DeNaples investigation, the newspaper reported.
Marino was required to inform the Justice Department’s Office of the General Counsel when he wrote the DeNaples referral letter, according to a Justice Department manual, the newspaper reported. A Justice Department spokesman said Marino did not inform the General Counsel office, the newspaper stated.