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Brownstown Still Finding Issues From Convicted Treasurer

Last updated on Thursday, January 26, 2012

(BROWNSTOWN) - The Indiana Board of Accounts continues to find issues with the town of Brownstown stemming from the work of its former clerk-treasurer, Rebecka Fee.

33-year-old Fee was convicted of bank fraud and is serving a 33-month prison term in a federal prison in Louisville.

That conviction stems from the $393,916.98 she over paid herself between 2005 and October 2009. She left her job unannounced in October 2009 during a state audit of the town's books.

According to the most recent State Board of Accounts audit, which was released this week, Fee has been asked to pay the town $8,006.26 for penalties and interest incurred during her term of office. The town has already paid the fines and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Present Clerk-Treasurer David Willey said the town did received a $92 check from the U.S. Department of Treasury and it was listed as restitution from Fee.

The town owed the money because of either the lack of filling, the incorrect filing or the late filing and the remittance of applicable taxes during 2006, 2007, 2008.

The audit also showed the that a $15,000 temporary loan made in late 2010 to the Brownstown Joint Fire Protection Board was an overpayment. That loan came on top of a $25,000 temporary loan Fee made to the Brownstown Joint Fire Protection Board on Dec. 15, 2008. Neither loan was repaid.

The $15,000 overpayment occurred as the Brownstown Joint Fire Protection Board, which was funded by the town and the township, was being transformed into the Brownstown Township Fire Protection District in late 2010.

The fire protection district was established Jan. 1, 2011, and is funded through its own tax rate. That tax rate went into effect in 2011, with taxes due in 2011 payable this year. Discussions are being held to determine how the money will be repaid.

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