The Herald Bulletin

March 12, 2014

Former Bloomington official charged in scheme


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A former Bloomington projects manager who federal prosecutors allege stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds has been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy.

The U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis said Wednesday that 43-year-old Justin Wykoff faces 24 counts of embezzlement for allegedly approving fraudulent invoices, often for concrete work that was never done. He also has been charged with one count of conspiracy.

He could face up to 10 years on each count if convicted.

Prosecutors say Wykoff received kickbacks of about one-third of the amounts paid for the fraudulent work over a 2½-year period.

Public records don't say whether he has an attorney.

Federal agents arrested Wykoff at his home early Wednesday.

Two other men have also been charged in the scheme.