Warsaw Street Superintendent Accused of Ripping Off City Taxpayers

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 03/26 2014 01:39PM

Updated 03/26 2014 01:56PM

Ripping off the City of Warsaw taxpayers for over a quarter of a million dollars is what former Warsaw Street Superintendent Lacy Francis Jr and two others are accused of.

"This whole thing just speaks to the unacceptable betrayal of the public's trust."

Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer was disappointed to learn that a city employee of 22 years, Former Street Superintendent Lacy Francis Jr and 2 Proform Pipe Lining employees, Mark Campbell and Kevin Brown have enough evidence against them to be charged with corruption, theft, providing false information to a government entity, misconduct, and conflict of interest.

Mayor Thallemer says they hired Proform Pipe Lining to restore and maintain their aging storm water lines.

"The probable cause indicates that they were doing their job, but they were contracting for more than they were actually doing, and invoicing for more than they were actually doing."

How much more? Investigators are saying $260,000 dollars has been paid since 2011 for work that the company allegedly didn't complete.

"Betrayal of trust to our taxpayers and the money that they've siphoned out of our tax coffers to support this scheme.  I'm much more concerned about the restitution."

Warsaw taxpayers are too.

"Not very good, I don't feel good about that at all."

"Ooohhh not good!"

"It's very important that they have to held liable for what they did and ya know if the courts deem that to be the case, then they should have to pay back every last cent of it."

Last week the City of Warsaw hired Jeffrey Beeler as the new Street Superintendent.  WFFT will keep you updated as the case heads to trial.

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