A Fox 59 News investigation has revealed that Dr. Rob Thoman, mayor of the Indianapolis suburb of Southport, concealed information about a 1981 felony arrest from the state of Indiana when applying for his dental license.
Thoman was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while attending college and charged with embezzlement, theft, intimidation and bribery. While all the charges were eventually dismissed and Thoman ordered to pay restitution, his concealment of two nolo contendre pleas to felony and misdemeanor theft are troubling to the Board Director of the Dental Board of Licensing.
"What I would do as the director of the board, complaints are filed with the office of the attorney general in order to get an investigation started," said Cindy Vaught. "That would be what I would do."
Vaught was shown copies of court documents from El Paso County, Colorado, dating back to 1981 that detail the case of the state of Colorado vs. Robin M. Thoman. Vaught also reviewed Thoman's 1987 application for a dental license and 2003 application for a permit to treat patients with anesthesia and sedation. On both documents Thoman marked "no" when asked whether he had ever pled nolo contendre to any felony or misdemeanor. Thoman also concealed his stint in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1977-80.
"I have a problem with it that he did not answer truthfully that he did say he was in it," said Vaught.
When Thoman was confronted with the irregularities of his criminal history and applications, he said he answered the questions as directed by an attorney.
"I have an appreciation of what this question is asking and I sought legal advice before I ran for office, before I sought a dental license and I used the information that I received from an attorney to fill these out and fill out the application, too," said Thoman.
Thoman admitted he resigned from the Army in 1980 and received a less than honorable discharge for "personal issues." Thoman said if he were asked to fill out the same applications at this time, he might seek legal advice to consider amending his answers.
Vaught said Thoman could face a range of sanctions if the state investigation finds he was less than truthful in filing his applications. Those sanctions could include a letter of written reprimand or revocation of his dental license.
Thoman practices dentistry in Southport, his hometown where he has served as mayor since January 1, 2008. His tenure has been marked by controversy including a divisive battle with his town council over the issue of prayers to open council meetings and the mass resignation of his police chief and department this past summer.