Former Porter Co. Sheriff Officer Charged by Feds

“Public officials who abuse their positions for personal financial gain will not be tolerated.  My Office, with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who corrupt their office for self-serving motives”-US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch

September 24, 2018-Former Porter County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry LaFlower was charged with wire fraud in a single count federal indictment according to US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch.  “According to court documents, between April 2013 and April 2018, LaFlower used his position as the treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police Ewalt Jahnz Lodge #165’s to embezzle over $180,000 from its investment and bank accountsThe FOP is a fraternal organization in Porter County, Indiana, whose mission is to improve working conditions for law enforcement officers and serve the public by raising money for scholarships and other programs”  according to the statement.

US Attorney Kirsch says that LaFlower has entered into a plea agrfcement with federal prosecutors and a plea agreement is expected to be presented to the Court later this week.  Terms of the plea agreement were not provided.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Indiana State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Abizer Zanzi according to the statement.

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