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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Missing Muncie funds spark investigation: Indiana State Police are looking into the possible theft of money from the city clerk's office"

The story by Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker in today's Muncie Star-Press begins:

MUNCIE -- State police have been asked to investigate the theft of funds -- apparently fines for traffic-related offenses and other revenue generated by Muncie City Court -- from the Muncie city's clerk's office.

"It has been reported that some cash payments received at the Muncie City Court were not forwarded to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles," Scott Jarvis, an Indiana State Police investigator assigned to the Pendleton district, said Friday in a prepared statement. "An audit is being conducted by the Indiana State Board of Accounts and a criminal investigation is ongoing."

More from later in the story:
City Court Judge Dianna Bennington said she had called the missing money to the attention of authorities.

"It was brought to my attention that there was at least the appearance that money had been misappropriated in two instances," Bennington told The Star Press on Friday. Bennington, who has been on the bench since January, called the Indiana Judicial Commission for advice and was told to contact the ISP and State Board of Accounts.

Bennington said she was later aware that the board of accounts began an audit of the city clerk's office's books.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 26, 2012 02:10 PM
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