Ex-EMA director indicted on 3 counts of theft

October 15, 2008 7:36:50 AM PDT
A former director of the Vermillion County emergency management program has been indicted on three counts of theft. Sixty-eight-year-old Ramon Colombo was arrested yesterday and released from the Vermillion County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Colombo is accused of using FEMA funds to obtain personal property such as televisions, kitchen appliances and a $9,300 landscaping tractor.

According to an affidavit filed in Vermillion Circuit Court, the items were obtained on at least three occasions in contracts with a Terre Haute electrical company, which overbid the costs of services to the county to hide the costs of the purchases requested by Colombo.

The total value of the items listed in the affidavit was just over $19,000.

The Associated Press left a message at Colombo's home seeking comment.