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Former Delaware county sheriff’s deputy sentenced in theft case

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Stole more than $8,500 in department firearms ammunition

Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today the sentencing of a former Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy on theft charges. Arlan D. Johnson, 56, Muncie, was sentenced to six months of home incarceration by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

Johnson served as lieutenant with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) and was a firearms instructor. As part of his job duties, Johnson routinely purchased ammunition for the DCSD to be used for duty and training purposes. Johnson ordered ammunition from a private federally licensed firearms dealer in Seven Mile, Ohio. After Johnson ordered ammunition for the DCSO from the firearm’s dealer, he submitted purchase invoices to the DCSO finance officer, who presented the invoice to the Delaware County auditor for payment.

Beginning in January 2012, and continuing to at least August 5, 2015, Johnson began converting a percentage of the ammunition he purchased for the DCSO to his use by selling the ammunition to purchasers in person and online. Johnson used the funds he obtained from the sale of DCSO ammunition he stole for his own personal expenditures such as paying gambling debts and for other personal expenses. In total, Johnson stole at least $8,580 worth of ammunition.

According to Tiffany J. McCormick, who prosecuted this case for the government, Johnson must serve three years of probation and make restitution of $8,500 to Delaware County.

Updated August 11, 2016