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Prosecutor Conducts Probe Of Financial Misconduct In Monroe County Township

Last updated on Friday, August 24, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - Special prosecutor Barry Brown has filed a motion to include Brittany Cohee in his investigation of financial misconduct in Benton Township while her mother, Heather Cohee, was the township trustee.

Brown filed the motion with Monroe Circuit Court on Aug. 16, and on Wednesday, Judge Kenneth Todd granted the motion.

On June 26, Brown was appointed special prosecutor to investigate cases involving Heather Cohee, Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman and former county human resources director Rhonda Foster.

Those orders charged Brown to determine whether Heather Cohee, Gerstman and Foster have "engaged in conduct which would merit the filing of criminal charges" and to prosecute any charges that Brown may deem appropriate.

A State Board of Accounts audit of Benton Township ordered Heather Cohee to repay the township $95,324.89 for financial mismanagement, and another $2,370 jointly with her daughter, Brittany Cohee, for salary overpayment while the younger Cohee served as township assistance clerk.

Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller already has filed a civil complaint against Heather Cohee and Brittany Cohee to recover misspent public funds.

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