EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville Fire Captain, who also worked as a Vanderburgh County Deputy Coroner, has been arrested and accused of stealing money from a person whose death he was investigating.
Evansville Police say 47-year-old Christopher Leduc is charged with official misconduct and theft.
EPD says during a death investigation money went missing from the victim’s home.
They say police on scene photographed $1,100 in a Wells Fargo envelope on the counter.
After LeDuc took control of the scene, police say $826 was left.
Detectives say the found the Wells Fargo envelope in LeDuc’s bag.
The arrest affidavit goes on to show police executed a search warrant on LeDuc’s locker at EFD Hose House #8, as well has his house and car.
Police say they found a ziplock baggie with the name of a woman from another death investigation. They say another deputy coroner had collected fentanyl patches from that scene to dispose of at the coroner’s office.
In the trash at LeDuc’s home, police say they found several prescription bottles with name of yet another woman.
They say one prescription bottle had the name of the woman from the money theft investigation.
Leduc has been fired from the coroner’s office.
Evansville Fire officials say LeDuc has now been suspended without pay.
They say the alleged crime does not have to do with his position with the fire department, but with his (now former) part-time job at the coroner’s office.
LeDuc has been with EFD for 22 and half years.
Officials say he has no history of disciplinary actions.
The Warrick County Clerk says LeDuc is also a candidate for Warrick County Coroner. He’s currently the only candidate running against Coroner Sarah Seaton. Both are Republican.