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Former Brownstown Clerk-Treasurer Could Face Charges

Last updated on Thursday, December 8, 2011

(BROWNSTOWN) - A new senior special prosecutor has been selected to conduct a criminal investigation into the case of former Brownstown clerk-treasurer Rebecka Fee.

Sonia J. Leerkampr eplaces former Greene County Prosecutor David Powell, who was appointed senior special prosecutor in the case by Jackson Circuit Judge Bill Vance earlier this year. Powell has since had to remove himself from the case because he has accepted a full-time position as head of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council.

Fee, 58, was sentenced to spend 33 months in prison in November 2010 in U.S. District Court in New Albany after she pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. She had been accused of overpaying herself by $369,054.70 when she served the town as clerk-treasurer.

She began serving her prison term in January at a federal minimum security satellite camp for females in Lexington, Ky.

Officials belive state charges for forgery and theft could be filed against Fee. A theft charge or theft charges in Fee's case would be a Class C felony, punishable by two to eight years in prison if she is convicted.

In a related note, Brownstown Clerk-treasurer David Willey recently received a $92 check from the U.S. Treasury Department. The check was listed as restitution from Fee.
Town Council President Jim Phillips told his fellow council members during a council meeting Monday night at town hall that town officials might want to frame the check.
"It might be all we see," Phillips said.

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