A former Porter
County Sheriff’s Police deputy has been sentenced to more than a year in
federal prison, after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with the
embezzlement of moneys from his Fraternal Order of Police lodge, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
LaFlower, 43, of Valparaiso, was sentenced on Monday to 15 months in prison
and two years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
LaFlower was also
ordered a money judgment forfeiture in the amount of $187,698.52.
“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 No 165 to
embezzle over $180,000 from its investment and bank accounts,” the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said. “The FOP is a fraternal organization in Porter
County, Ind., whose mission is to improve working conditions for law
enforcement officers and serve the public by raising money for scholarships
and other programs.”
immediate guilty plea and sentence reflect the zero tolerance this District
has for public officials who abuse their positions for personal financial
gain,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said. “My Office, with our law
enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who corrupt their office
for self-serving motives.”
In a letter to U.S.
Judge Philip Simon, LaFlower expressed his deep remorse on Monday, blamed a
gambling addiction which “overpowered all my values and my character,” and
pledged to make full restitution to the FOP, beginning with an immediate
“I have lost the
career that I loved and I am reminded every day of those I betrayed with my
actions, which is a harsh reminder of the life that I want to leave in the
past,” LaFlower said.
He added that he’s
now regularly attending Gambler Anonymous meetings, seeing an addiction
therapist on a monthly basis, and has registered for a lifetime ban from the
The case was
investigated by the FBI and Indiana State Police.