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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State, LaPorte Co. sue former worker for missing funds"

Stan Maddux reports today in the NWI Times in a story that begins:

LAPORTE | Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Monday personally filed a lawsuit in LaPorte Circuit Court aimed at recovering nearly $200,000 in public funds allegedly embezzled by a now former chief deputy LaPorte County auditor.

He said lawsuits by his office are common in cases involving theft of tax dollars.

However, the legal action taken against former chief deputy auditor Mary Ray asks for triple of the amount she allegedly took because she was in a position of trust and evidence suggests the money went for gambling and, perhaps, other personal use, according to court documents.

"It's meant to show the public that we're going to take these things seriously. We're not going to look the other way," said Zoeller.

ILB: Here is a July 16, 2011 ILB post, where a story quoted from the Goshen News began:
LaGrange County Clerk Beverly Elliott is facing four Class D felony counts of official misconduct. She is also being asked to return close to $10,000 in county money and pay more than $8,000 in costs incurred during an audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

In addition, State Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday afternoon he has filed a lawsuit against Elliott seeking triple the amount in damages — $55,160. He is also seeking an injunction freezing all of her assets.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 4, 2014 09:49 AM
Posted to Indiana Government