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Former Monroe Co. Auditor Case Moved To Owen County

Last updated on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - The case against a former Monroe County Auditor charged with seven felonies has been moved to Owen County.

Special prosecutor Barry Brown says the judge moved the case involving Amy Gerstman because of a potential conflict of interest with Monroe County judges.

Brown is confident the case will not go to trail and Gerstman will take a plea deal.

Gerstman served as the Monroe County auditor from 2009 to 2012.

In May Gerstman was charged with seven felonies, including six counts of theft and one count of official misconduct, in connection with personal purchases made on her county-issued Visa credit card.

Court documents accuse Gerstman of using taxpayer money for women's clothing, airline tickets and hotel accommodations for a personal trip to Key West, Fla., school tuition for her children at Harmony School and her Indiana University Alumni Association membership dues.

Some officials called for Gerstman's resignation after a State Board of Accounts audit revealed she used county credit cards to charge thousands of dollars in personal expenses. However she did not resign and was allowed to serve out her entire four-year term.

Barry Brown says he is still trying to determine exactly how much money is missing and how much has been reimbursed.

Gerstman is set for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 14 in Owen Circuit County with Judge Lori Quillen presiding.

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