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Three arrested in probe of alleged official theft in Warsaw

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:08 am

After a three-month investigation, three people have been arrested on charges connected with more than $250,000 in overcharges to Warsaw city government.

About 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, several law-enforcement departments served search warrants at four sites in Warsaw and Mishawaka and arrested Kevin R. Brown, 45, of Mishawaka, and Marc V. Campbell, 53, of Mishawaka, both of ProForm Pipe Lining Co. Inc., and Lacy Francis Jr., 59, former city of Warsaw Public Works superintendent.

According to a statement released by the Warsaw Police Department, in December, city officials in Warsaw learned of possible intentional overcharging for various pipe lining projects and began investigating. Warsaw Police allege that the investigation revealed 11 billing discrepancies between May 2011 and May 2013 for an overcharge in excess of a quarter million dollars. The State Board of Accounts also is investigating.

Brown, a ProForm field supervisor, and Campbell, owner and president of ProForm, each face one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; one count of aiding, inducing or causing theft, a Class C felony; and four counts of providing false information to governmental entity to obtain contract, a Class D felony.

Francis, the former public-works superintendent who resigned Jan. 27, faces one charge of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; one count of aiding, inducing or causing theft, a Class C felony; two counts of theft, a Class D felony; one count of providing false information to governmental entity to obtain contract, a Class D felony; and three counts of official misconduct, a Class D felony.

Local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies cooperated in the investigation, including the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Unit, Indiana State Police, Mishawaka Police Department, St. Joseph County Police Department, the FBI, the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation continues.