Father, son security patrol officers arrested on several felony charges
VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2014)– Friday afternoon, Indiana State Police (ISP) detectives arrested father and son security patrol officers on numerous felony counts.
The two men were arrested and are now incarcerated in the Vigo County jail.
James D. Graham, 52, of Bloomington, was preliminarily charged with ten felonies and one misdemeanor:
- Four counts of conspiracy to commit bribery
- Two counts of corrupt business influence
- Two counts of attempted corrupt business influence
- Two counts of official misconduct
- One count of theft (misdemeanor)
Jeremiah J. Graham, 33, of Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with six felonies:
- Four counts of bribery
- One count of official misconduct
- One count of theft (felony)
James Graham is Jeremiah Graham’s father. Both are held on $10,000 bond. FOX59 has confirmed that James is a former Bloomington police officer and a former Terre Haute police officer.
The investigation began on August 23, when four people contacted the police about their concerns over paying cash to a “deputy” who had written them traffic citations at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza.
The “deputy” allegedly told them if they did not pay $25, he would take them to jail.
During the course of the investigation, investigators found that James Graham allegedly instructed Jeremiah Graham to write citations to drivers who committed traffic offenses while on fairgrounds property. James was also alleged to have directed Jeremiah to offer drivers a chance to pay $25 to the officers in lieu of the tickets being submitted to the court.
Those who received citations from Jeremiah were allegedly told the $25 could serve as a donation to the charitable organization “Blue-men-ton Knights” supposedly started by James Graham. Nine victims were located throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois, along with various items of potential evidence.
Graham Security Patrol was contracted by the Vigo County Fairgrounds Board to provide security on the fairgrounds during the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza. James D. Graham and four of his employees were given “special deputy” powers from the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with security during the diesel event. They were not given authorization to accept cash donations in lieu of tickets.
James Graham is the owner operator of Graham Security Patrol which is part of his “J. Graham Enterprises.”