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Warsaw overbilling probe nets 3 arrests

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Three people, including a former superintendent of the Warsaw City Public Works Department, were arrested Tuesday after a three-month investigation into billing irregularities between the public works department and ProForm Pipe Lining Co. Inc. of Mishawaka.

City officials were made aware in December of possible intentional overcharging for pipe-lining projects, and Mayor Joseph Thallemer sought an investigation, Warsaw police and the mayor’s office said.

The investigation revealed 11 billing discrepancies between May 2011 and May 2013 for overcharges in excess of $250,000.

The Indiana State Board of Accounts performed a simultaneous investigation, authorities said.

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

These three people were arrested and held on $25,000 surety bonds:

•Lacy Francis Jr., 59, of Warsaw, identified by police as the former Warsaw public works superintendent, faces 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.

•Kevin R. Brown, 45, of Mishawaka, identified by police as a ProForm field supervisor, faces 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, faces charges of corrupt business influence; theft; and four counts of providing false information to a governmental entity to obtain contract.

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