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Former ISP officer pleads guilty to charges

A former Indiana State Police (ISP) lieutenant pled guilty Monday to all criminal charges filed against him.

Dallard Tackett, 60, pled guilty in Elkhart County Superior Court No. 2 to 17 charges that included six counts of Forgery, all Class C felonies; 10 counts of Theft, all Class D felonies; and one count of Official Misconduct, a Class D felony.

In pleading guilty, Tackett admitted that between July 30, 2007 and Aug. 2, 2010, he received personal checks from local citizens, deferral fund checks from Elkhart, LaGrange, LaPorte and Porter counties, and checks from the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company which were made payable to the Indiana State Police and which he deposited into his personal checking account, personal savings account, and an unauthorized checking account he opened in the name of the Indiana State Police.

In all, Tackett admitted to depositing 49 Indiana State Police checks totaling $91,396.62 into the aforementioned bank accounts and using these funds for his personal use, which included payments on several personal credit cards, payment to an auto finance company, payment to a mortgage company, payment toward a personal vacation, payment of a utility bill, electronic cash withdrawals at Indiana Live Casino and cash withdrawals via check.

A sentencing hearing for Tackett has been set for 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2012. He faces up to 50 years in prison.