Former Warsaw Street Superintendent on hook for $955K owed to city

"Courtroom Gavel" by Joe Gratz, public domain

WARSAW, Ind. (WOWO): A former Warsaw Street Superintendent owes the city almost a million dollars.

The US Bankruptcy Court ruled this week that Lacy Francis Jr. is responsible for paying back the city $955,707 after allegedly participating in a kickback scheme involving a private contractor and its owner.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says Francis helped Pro Form Pipe Lining win bids on 11 city projects involving the installation of new lining for sewer pipes. The company then deliberately overcharged for its work and split the money with Francis, who was sentenced last year to 13 years in prison for his part in the scheme.

His attorneys argued that he couldn’t pay back the money due to filing for bankruptcy, but the court disagreed. He’ll also owe interest, court costs, and attorney fees.

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