The Criminal Investigation Division at the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post, the Indiana Office of Inspector General and the Indianapolis Office of the United States Attorney each received accolades recently from the United States Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, for their excellent work concerning a 2008 Criminal Investigation in Vermillion County.
Indiana State Police Detective Sergeant Troy Stanton, ISP Detective Sam Stearley, Special Agent Alan McElroy from the Indiana Office of Inspector General, and US Attorney James Warden were presented with Certificate of Appreciation Plaques by Senior Special Agent Fount Hankle of the Chicago Office of Homeland Security.
The awards were presented on July 15, 2010, and were on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner.
The investigators were recognized for their preservation of evidence, meticulous documentation and comprehensive criminal investigation that resulted in a guilty plea and federal prison time for a Vermillion County public official.
The awards stem from a nearly four-month investigation in 2008 of former Vermillion County Director of Emergency Management Ramon Colombo. The investigators found that in his capacity as director, Colombo made inappropriate and unauthorized purchases of electronics, kitchen appliances and a Kubota lawn tractor, all with federal Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Planning assigned to Vermillion County Emergency Management.
"Typically we have a substantial amount of work to do when cases such as these are presented to us. However, in this particular investigation, most of the work was completed by these tenacious investigators, prior to our involvement," Senior Special Agent Fount Hankle of the US Department of Homeland Security said.