Former Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy pleads guilty in ammunition theft case

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Arlan Johnson (Photo courtesy of the Muncie Star Press)

MUNCIE, Ind.– A former Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Court records show Arlan Johnson stole $8,580 in ammunition owned by the sheriff’s office. Johnson started with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Court records show he served in three supervisory positions: jail commander, day shift supervisor and night shift commander. Johnson was also a firearms instructor.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office began an internal investigation after noting ammunition was missing from the department that was not used in firearms training. Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley confirms Johnson retired in the fall of 2015 after the investigation began. The sheriff’s office turned over their findings to the FBI who ultimately arrested and charged Johnson.

In accordance with his plea agreement, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any served prison time. The parties did not agree to a specific sentence, and the government agreed to recommend a sentence on the low end of the guidelines.

Johnson may advocate for any sentence. The agreement states the court could impose the same punishment on him as if he would have pleaded not guilty and been convicted by a jury.

In 2013, Johnson filed for bankruptcy, records show. Tax documents obtained by investigators showed Johnson’s reported income in 2014 was $64,342.  FBI investigators also subpoenaed records from Hoosier Park Casino. They stated Johnson had more than $100,000 of gambling losses from 2013 to 2015.

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