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Cass County town marshal arrested on charges of defrauding school district

(WISH Photo, File)

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — State police have arrested the Galveston town marshal on charges of defrauding a school district that had hired him to provide buses.

Steven Jones, 47, of rural Kokomo, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of delivering a false sales document and possessing a fraudulent sales document.

Indiana State Police said in a news release that Jones had been contracted through 2019 to drive school buses, which he owned, for Northwestern Schools in Howard County.

The school corporation had installed GPS equipment on one of Jones’ buses and had agreed to pay bills when the installation caused damage, the release said.

A state police investigation revealed the repairs were not completed. Police believe Jones created fraudulent invoices and submitted them to Northwestern Schools for reimbursement of the damage to the bus.

Jones was incarcerated in the Howard County jail with a $10,000 bond.

Galveston is a town of 1,200 in Cass County.