The Lowell State
Police Criminal Investigation Division filed charges against Lake County
Sheriff’s Police Deputy Louis Vasquez yesterday after a three month
investigation, Indiana State Police said.
Vasquez is charged
with Bribery, level 5 felony; Official Misconduct, level 6 felony; Theft,
level 6 felony; and Perjury, level 6 felony.
According to ISP,
the investigation was at the request of Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez,
and showed that between September 2017 and November 2018, Vasquez accepted
cash for completing at least 42 salvage vehicle inspection forms for Fast
Import Cars, LLC of Knox, Ind.--transactions that are against Lake County
Police Department policy and Indiana State code.
The Indiana Bureau
of Motor Vehicles considers a vehicle salvage if it was built in the last
seven model years and has been damaged beyond its value, according to ISP.
An Indiana police officer must complete an Affidavit of Restoration for a
Salvage Motor Vehicle form certifying that he or she examined the vehicle,
major component parts, and ownership documents, ISP said.
ISP said Vasquez,
14-year member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, has been on
administrative leave since the start of the investigation and has already
The owners of Fast
Import Cars, LLC, Pavel Rohatinovici and Andrii Lakymenko, were also
charged, with level 6 felony Perjury, but were not in custody at the time of
the ISP release, ISP said.