Activist arrested for child molestation

Vernado Malone Twitter Picture
Federally Convicted Con Man/Activist, Vernado Malone — Photo: Twitter

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — REAL News Michiana has learned career criminal and con man, turned activist, Vernado Malone, was arrested for Child Molestation in the early 1990s. Now, Malone is attempting to get that arrest, along with several other arrests and convictions, expunged from his record.

According to court documents filed with St. Joseph and LaPorte Counties, Malone is trying to expunge records in three different Indiana counties. He is attempting to get the following convictions removed from his record: Conversion, Robbery. He is also trying to get the follow arrests expunged: Child Molestation, Domestic Battery, Invasion of Privacy, Battery, Check Deception, Criminal Conversion.

Malone, who is the founder of the non-profit Justice for Michiana, is a career conman who spent several years in federal prison for numerous fraud related crimes, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from organizations like the American Red Cross. Malone still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution in those cases, however he lies about having paid off all of his criminal fines in the court filings to expunge his record. Subscribers can view the court documents in their entirety below.

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Justice for Michiana was designed to help the families of homicide victims pay for funeral costs. However, Malone used his position to go into a local funeral home where he took full-body nude photographs of the deceased. He would then share those photos with random people, including the families of other victims where he would claim to be a detective or investigator in order to win over their business. The Indiana Attorney General opened up an investigation into this case and multiple families filed lawsuits against Malone earlier this year.

RNM also uncovered an incident in which Malone used his position to attempt to pressure a woman in need into having sex with him.

Malone also owes approximately $10,000 in attorney fees to a woman who was recently granted a Protection Order against him.

Last year the City of South Bend gave Malone thousands of taxpayer dollars in the form of a grant to help “fight violent crime.” Malone was booted from the program following an RNM investigation showing Malone was taking nude pictures of dead bodies.

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