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Former Rising Sun police chief arrested on 17 felonies

Bribery, ghost employment among chargers

(RISING SUN, Ind.) -- The former Rising Sun police chief was arrested Monday night and is facing 17 felony charges.


37-year-old Harlis Steve Hoover is accused of Bribery, Official Misconduct, Fraud, Theft and Ghost Employment.


The Indiana State Police launched an investigation in July after a citizen claimed they were possibly defrauded by Hoover.


In December 2021, Hoover allegedly borrowed $10,000 from the individual for the purchase of an automobile.


There was no evidence that Hoover ever purchased the automobile, police said.


"He then allegedly convinced the man to forgive the loan while in his role as the Rising Sun Police Chief," ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.


Investigators say Hoover also borrowerd money to buy other vehicles but there was no evidence to prove the purchases, and the money was never repaid.


"In two cases, Hoover allegedly purchased and sold vehicles for profit without ever signing the titles," Wheeles said.


According to police, Hoover also took care of personal business outside of Ohio County while on-duty with Rising Sun Police.


Hoover was arrested without incident and lodged in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center pending his initial court appearance.


He was placed on administrative leave at the Rising Sun Police Department in July when the investigation started.

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