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Monday, July 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Maybe not so "one-of-a-kind" after all

This ILB entry from July 13 was headed " Township Trustee Sandra Norman faces first-of-its-kind charges." The story quotes Kara Kenney of WRTV-6:

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Ashland Township Trustee Sandra Norman appeared in Morgan County court Friday morning to face first-of-its-kind charges and possible removal from office.

Prosecutor Steve Sonnega charged Norman with two Infractions for failure to file reports, including the fiscal year 2012 annual report and 100-R report, which also includes compensation of officers and employees.

Norman pleaded not guilty. * * *

Norman's case is the first time in Indiana history that a county prosecutor has taken such action against a public official. * * *

Norman isn't facing jail time because the infractions aren't criminal, similar to driving on a suspended license.

Today Madeline Buckley reports in the South Bend Tribune under the heading: "Olive Township trustee sentenced to probation, ordered to resign." Some quotes:

A township trustee who used a township ATM card to withdraw taxpayer funds at casinos in Indiana and Michigan will avoid prison but must resign his post.

St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch sentenced Olive Township trustee John Michalski, a Democrat, to one year but suspended the sentence, meaning the 72-year-old man will serve his punishment on probation.

The judge also ordered that Michalski resign as a trustee within 30 days. He cannot hold elected office for eight years as well, according to the terms of the sentence.

He must pay a $500 fine, as per the sentence. Michalski had already reimbursed the township for the stolen funds.

Michalski pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft and one count of official misconduct, all class D felonies.

A grand jury indicted Michalski in January following an investigation spurred by a state audit.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 15, 2013 07:41 PM
Posted to Indiana Government