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Ind. Deputy Fired Amid Ghost Employment, Theft Allegations

INDIANAPOLIS --

A veteran Marion County sheriff's deputy has been fired as the department investigates allegations of ghost employment and theft.

Marion County Sheriff John Layton said Thursday that Deputy Keith Spencer, a 12-year veteran of the department, falsified time cards for three days of work, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

"The allegations are that he might have some time stamps that weren't correct," Layton said. "He might have claimed some time that he was on the clock and he really wasn't."

Spencer, who was most recently assigned to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, is also accused of stealing stereo equipment meant to be a donation at the Goodwill store in Carmel, where police hosted a shred day Saturday.

Investigators said that when the speakers were dropped off during the event, Spencer put them in his vehicle. They were later recovered from his home, police said.

Layton called the allegations "disturbing" and said the department will conduct a thorough investigation. He said there could be felony charges filed stemming from the investigation.

"Obviously, we're not going to tolerate that from a deputy sheriff or from anybody else in the county," Layton said.

Spencer worked in the department's forfeiture unit for several years before being moved to Crime Stoppers. He has 10 days to appeal his termination.

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