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Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Lacy Francis Jr.

3 charged in Warsaw billing overcharge probe

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Marc V. Campbell
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Kevin R. Brown

Three people were charged Tuesday morning in connection with a racketeering probe in Warsaw.

About 9:15 a.m., police and the FBI simultaneously executed four search warrants and three arrest warrants following a three-month investigation into billing irregularities between the Warsaw city Public Works Department and ProForm Pipe Lining Co. Inc. of Mishawaka, according to a statement issued by the Warsaw Police Department.

The statement said that city officials were made aware in December of possible intentional overcharging for pipe-lining projects and Mayor Joseph Thallemer sought an investigation.

The investigation revealed 11 billing discrepancies between May 2011 and May 2013 for overcharges in excess of $250,000, the statement said. It said the Indiana State Board of Accounts performed a simultaneous investigation.

Today, search warrants were executed in the 1300 block of Country Club Drive, on the west side of Winona Lake; an address in the 2400 block of Cedar Road in Mishawaka; an address in the 2000 block of Byrkit Street in Mishawaka; and an address in the 200 block of South Elder Street in Mishawaka.

Arrest warrants were served on the following people:

  • Kevin R. Brown, 45, of Mishawaka, identified by police as a ProForm field supervisor, on charges of corrupt business influence; aiding, inducing or causing theft; and four counts of providing false information to a governmental entity to obtain contract.
  • Marc V. Campbell, 53, of Mishawaka, identified by police as ProForm's owner and president, on charges of corrupt business influence; theft; and four counts of providing false information to a governmental entity to obtain contract.
  • Lacy Francis Jr., 59, of Warsaw, identified by police as the former Warsaw city Public Works superintendent, on charges of corrupt business influence; aiding, inducing or causing theft; two counts of theft; providing false information to a governmental entity to obtain contract; two counts of official misconduct; and conflict of interest.
Each was being held on $25,000 surety bond.

Warsaw police, the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Unit, Indiana State Police, the Mishawaka Police Department, the St. Joseph County Police Department and the FBI were involved in serving warrants, in coordination with the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Attorney's office for the northern district of Indiana.

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