HAMMOND - A former police officer in Porter County is facing wire fraud charges. The office of U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch alleges Lawrence LaFlower embezzled more than $180,000 from the Fraternal Order of Police Ewalt Jahnz Lodge #165. LaFlower had served as treasurer for the local organization and court documents suggest the suspected crime took place over the last five years.

Kirsch says "public officials who abuse their positions for personal financial gain will not be tolerated.  My office, with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who corrupt their office for self-serving motives."

LaFlower's formal plea is expected to be entered later this week. If convicted, LaFlower faces a yet-to-be determined sentence from a federal judge. The FBI and the Indiana State Police investigated the alleged wire fraud.