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July 3, 2014

U.S. Attorney announces arrest of Zionsville man

INDIANAPOLIS — Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville, was arrested Tuesday, July 1, by federal authorities. They are charging Mizen with theft/embezzlement, alleging he took more than $300,000 from programs put in place to provide the poor and needy with emergency and short-term assistance. The theft allegedly occurred when Mizen was chief financial officer for Center Township in Marion County, according to a press release from the office of United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett. The press release stated Hogsett's office has pledged to combat, identify, investigate and root out public corruption by elected and appointed officials in Indiana through the activities of the Public Integrity Working Group. "It doesn't matter what your politics are or what position you hold in our community — if you do not uphold the public trust, our Public Integrity Working Group will find you, investigate you, and the U.S. Attorney's Office will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," Hogsett said in the press release. Tim Horty, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said in federal court, defendants are either held or released; there's no bond set. Mizen has been released. "His initial appearance was yesterday (Tuesday, July 1) in federal court, in front of a magistrate judge, and he was released on his own recognizance," Horty said. However, some of Mizen's assets were seized or frozen. Federal authorities seized bank and investment accounts, and a vehicle and jewelry allegedly paid for with the embezzled funds. They also filed paperwork to prevent Mizen from doing anything with his Zionsville residence until the resolution of the criminal case. The investigation, which is continuing, was launched when Indiana State Board of Accounts examiners noticed a suspicious $343,541.08 check during a regular audit of the Center Township Trustee's Office financial records. Through a coordinated effort by the FBI, Indiana State Board of Accounts, and the Internal Revenue Service — partners in the U.S. Attorney's Public Integrity Working Group — the funds were traced. It was determined that the check was deposited into a bank account held by Mizen, but documentation in the Center Township ledger was not consistent with that. The audit trail showed Mizen then transferred the money from that account to various personal accounts. From those, he allegedly spent the money to help purchase his home and a pickup truck, fund his child's college education, finance personal vacations, and make other purchases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, prosecutor in the case, said Mizen could be sentenced to up to 10 years in federal prison and could face significant fines and federal supervision for up to three years once he has served his prison term. Horty said Mizen has been working as an accountant since his termination as Center Township CFO. The National Directory of Registered Tax Return Preparers & Tax Professionals lists Alan S. Mizen, CPA, at 7502 E. SR 334 in Zionsville. See the July 9 Times Sentinel for more details.

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