Former Chief Financial Officer arrested on 21 felony charges

Following a comprehensive investigation led by Indiana State Police Peru detectives a Wabash man was arrested on numerous felony theft charges.

Scott Bumgardner, 50, was arrested on charges spanning Grant and Huntington counties.

The investigation began in October 2023 when Marion Community Schools alleged significant misappropriation of funds by Bumgardner during his time as the corporation's chief financial officer. Subsequent findings uncovered alleged embezzlement totaling over $26,000 between August and October 2023.

Following a thorough investigation, detectives secured a Grant County arrest warrant for Bumgardner, leading to his remand to the Grant County Jail in December 2023.

Further investigation revealed additional instances of theft at the Huntington County Community School Corporation, where Bumgardner had previously served as a business manager. It was revealed that over $458,000 had purportedly been misappropriated between 2018 and 2022.

Subsequently, detectives obtained a Huntington County arrest warrant for Bumgardner. On Monday, he was arrested and taken to the Wabash County Jail.

Charges against Bumgardner include:

Corrupt Business Influence – Level 5 Felony (1 count)

Theft – Level 5 Felony (1 count)

Theft - Level 6 Felony (19 counts)

Assistance during the investigation was provided by troopers from the Peru Post, Wabash City Police Department, Indiana State Board of Accounts, Grant County Prosecutor's Office, and the Huntington County Prosecutor's Office.