INDIANAPOLIS -- United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced Tuesday, July 1, the arrest of Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville. Federal authorities are charging Mizen with theft, alleging he embezzled more than $300,000 from programs that receive federal funds.
The theft allegedly occurred when Mizen was chief financial officer for Center Township in Marion County between 2001 and 2011. Tim Horty, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said Mizen was released from the position in 2011, but he did not know why.
According to a press release, the U.S. Attorney's Office has pledged to combat, identify, investigate and root out public corruption by elected and appointed officials in Indiana through the activities of the Public Integrity Working Group.
"The message of this office has been consistent over the last two years, but bears repeating today," Hogsett said in the press release. "It doesn't matter what your politics are or what position you hold in our community -- if you do not uphold the public trust, our Public Integrity Working Group will find you, investigate you, and the U.S. Attorney's Office will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
In federal court, Horty said, defendants are either held or released; there's no bond set. Mizen has been released.
"He's been charged," Horty said. "His initial appearance was yesterday (Tuesday, July 1) in federal court, in front of a magistrate judge, and he was released on his own recognizance."
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