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Criminals Celebrate End of Homicide, Special Victims Units

Vernado Malone — Photo Courtesy: Facebook

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Criminals are celebrating the end of the South Bend Police Department’s nearly 3 decades long partnership with the prosecutor’s office and surrounding agencies that investigate St. Joseph County’s most egregious crimes. REAL News Michiana broke the story last week that SBPD was pulling out of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit and the Special Victims Unit. St. Joseph SVU is responsible for investigating the county’s sex crimes.

One of the most notable organizations celebrating the move is Justice for Michiana, headed by career felon and conman, Vernado Malone.

“This may be best for the community that metro homicide no longer handles homicides.” Justice for Michiana posted to Facebook.

The post, which is full of grammatical errors, continues:

“Working with families in South Bend thy don’t get answers at time ofno calls NEVER saying there child is decease like homicide victim Christopher Chism.

I have been very vocal about most ppl blame sbpd for metro homicide department actions.

I think this was the best new yet knowing SPBD will investigate homicide starting 2022 dang wish it could start today.

CHIEF RUSZKOWSKI I HOPE YOU THE BEST IN LEADING YOUR DEPARTMENT IN HANDLING HOMICIDES AND JUST FOR MICHIANA SUPPORT THE MOVE FROM THE COUNTRY METRO HOMICIDE UNIT TO SOUTH BEND POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Let one of you say Mayor Mueller not doing nothing again to me!!!”

Vernado Malone has been in and out of prison since the late 1990’s.

In 1999, Malone was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for credit card fraud. He was ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution.

In 2005, Vernado Malone was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Aiding and Abetting Forfeiture Allegation. He was ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution.

In 2015, Vernado Malone was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. He was ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution.

There are also several state level charges and convictions. In February, Malone petitioned the court to expunge those records.

Malone’s group, Justice for Michiana, was awarded $7,000 in taxpayer money to help fight violent crime via South Bend’s Alive Grant initiative. RNM uncovered a disturbing scheme in which Malone was taking nude photos of dead bodies at a local funeral home, then sharing those pictures in the name of Justice for Michiana.

Several other Alive Grant awardees have also been accused of criminal acts. Many of the other recipients are also career felons. One convicted murderer who was released from prison just months earlier was given a $6,000 grant from the city.

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