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Former deputy in Van Buren indicted for stealing money
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A former Van Buren County deputy faces multiple charges for pocketing drug fund money he solicited from drug dealers and then doctoring official records to cover up his crime.The former lawman, Connor Etzler Wardlaw, 34, of Sparta, was indicted Wednesday on charges of tampering with evidence, official oppression, destruction of public records, official misconduct, grand theft and misdemeanor theft. He was arrested shortly after the sealed indictment was handed down by the Van Buren County grand jury and he is being held at Van Buren County Jail under $175,000 bond.His charges come after an investigation was requested last year by District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis after word spread about his illegal dealings. The TBI then began looking into his alleged misdoings and discovered a trail of thefts and cover-ups that dated back to June 2011.The investigation revealed Wardlaw made numerous arrests while a Van Buren deputy on drug-related offenses.