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Former Indiana State Police Commander Admits To Stealing $91K

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ELKHART, Ind. (CBS) — A former Indiana State Police commander is likely to find out in a couple of months what it’s like to be on the other side of a prison cell.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, former state police Lt. Dallard Tackett pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing more than $91,000 in state money.

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The Elkhart Truth reports that Tackett admitted to six counts of forgery, one count of official misconduct and 10 counts of theft in Elkhart Superior Court. Tackett admitted to misappropriating funds from the Toll Road Post between 2007 and 2010.

Tackett, 60, retired as commander of the Indiana State Police Toll Road post near Elkhart last year, when his own department launched an investigation of him. Prosecutors charged him with taking money intended for the state police and putting it in his own personal accounts.

Tackett faces a maximum 50 years in prison when he is sentenced by Elkhart Superior Court Judge Stephen Bowers on Jan. 30.

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