Charges dropped against field manager in kickback scheme

All charges have been dropped against a former field manager caught up in the kickback scandal involving a former Warsaw street supervisor.

Prosecutors dropped six charges against Kevin Brown, who was the field manger for Pipe Pro Form LLC, at the end of August.

Brown was arrested with company owner Marc Campbell and former street supervisor Lacy Francis in 2014 in connection with the case.

Brown was charged with six felony counts, which have now been dismissed.

The scandal, which took place between 2011 and 2013, involved Campbell and Francis.

The company was found to be overbilling the city for storm drain repair. Francis would tip off Campbell to the bids coming in to ensure his company got the bids for the work.

Campbell and Francis would split the money, police said.

Campbell pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to one year of home detention and five years on probation.

Francis was sentenced to 13 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 11 suspended.

Charges against secretary Krista Mishler were dismissed earlier this year.

At the time, Prosecutor Dan Hampton said Mishler only did what Campbell told her to do.

Francis’ estranged wife, Mildred Francs, still faces six counts of money laundering in connection with the scandal. She is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 6.