Former Warsaw official, contractors facing corruption charges

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE)   A twenty-two year employee of the City of Warsaw and two employees of a long-time contractor are facing corruption and theft charges after an investigation revealed overcharges of more than a quarter million dollars since May 2011.

Former Warsaw Public Works Superintendent Lacey Francis Jr. and ProForm Pipe Lining Co, Inc. Owner and President Marc V. Campbell and Field Supervisor Kevin R. Brown are all facing charges after an aggressive investigation, according to releases from the Warsaw Police Department and the City of Warsaw. 

“At the root of the pending charges is the blatant abuse of the public’s trust. It is unacceptable” Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer said in the press release. “On behalf of our taxpayers, we will pursue full prosecution of all charges against everyone involved and, if convicted, push for maximum penalties and full restitution.”

According to the Affidavit of Probable cause on Francis, The Warsaw Clerk’s office got an anonymous call in December from a former ProForm employee who said the company had been overcharging the city for years. The subsequent investigation revealed 11 billing discrepancies, between May 2011 and May 2013, that amounted to more than $260,000. Each of these claims had been submitted to and approved for payment by Francis. 

Investigators also found files on Francis’ computer that indicated he had provided ProForm with the lowest quotes from competing contractors.

Francis had worked for the City of Warsaw for 22 years and resigned from his position as Public Works Superintendent on January 27. ProForm Pipe Lining has done contract work for Warsaw since the 1990s.

On Tuesday, three months after the investigation started, four search warrants and three arrest warrants were simultaneously executed. Kosciusko County Major Crimes Unit, Indiana State Police, Mishawaka Police Department, St. Joseph County Police Department, and the FBI, in coordination with the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, and the United States District Attorney’s Office were all involved in the operation. The Indiana State Board of Accounts also helped with the investigation. 

The charges against the three, all of whom have since bonded out after being arrested Tuesday morning, are as follows:

Kevin R. Brown, 45, ProForm Field Supervisor, Mishawaka, Ind. 

  1. Corrupt Business Influence, a Class C felony
  2. Aiding, Inducing or Causing Theft, a Class C felony
  3. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  4. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  5. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  6. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony

Marc V. Campbell, 53, ProForm Owner/President, Mishawaka, Ind. 

  1. Corrupt Business Influence, a Class C felony
  2. Theft, a Class C felony
  3. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  4. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  5. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  6. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony

Lacy Franics, 59, Former City of Warsaw Public Works Superintendent, Warsaw, Ind.

  1. Corrupt Business Influence, a Class C felony
  2. Aiding, Inducing or Causing Theft, a Class C felony
  3. Theft, a Class D felony
  4. Theft, a Class D felony
  5. Providing False Information to Governmental Entity to Obtain Contract, a Class D felony
  6. Official Misconduct, a Class D felony
  7. Official Misconduct, a Class D felony
  8. Conflict of Interest, a Class D felony
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