Fulton Town Marshal facing felony charges

Jason Coleman in a Facebook picture. (Photo Courtesy: WSBT)
Jason Coleman in a Facebook picture. (Photo Courtesy: WSBT)

FULTON, Ind. (WANE) – A part-time Fulton Town Marshal was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft and official misconduct after a two-month investigation by the Indiana State Police.

According to an ISP statement, Jason R. Coleman, 37, Rochester, was arrested on seven felony counts after an investigation revealed he collected in excess of $6,700 for work he never performed.

In April, ISP was tipped off by the Fulton Town Board President and Fulton Town Clerk that Coleman was submitting hours for compensation when he never actually worked.

An investigation by ISP Detective Mike Tarrh found evidence from the last five years, including a period of time that Coleman served as the Rochester Chief of Police.

Coleman turned himself in at the Fulton County Jail around 5 p.m. Wednesday and posted bond.

WSBT-TV in South Bend reported in May Coleman resigned his marshal position amid the allegations. The City of Rochester’s website no longer lists Coleman as chief.

Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey is acting as Special Prosecutor in the case.

Coleman was charged with official misconduct, a Class C felony, and six counts of theft, a Class D felony.

Fulton is approximately 30 miles west of North Manchester and 60 miles west of Fort Wayne.

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