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Tipton County Auditor Arrested After Using Taxpaper Money To Pay Personal Bills

Last updated on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

(TIPTON COUNTY) - According to a probable cause affidavit, Tipton County auditor Amanda Inman used taxpayer money to pay her utility bills, buy meals and hotel rooms.

Inman used Tipton County taxpayer money to pay a $312.47 telephone bill, a $389.19 Vectren gas bill, and $430.95 in expenses while attending Auditor's Conferences.

A charging document said Inman made unauthorized charges for meals and rooms at Belle Terra Casino in Vevay, Indiana.

Inman was booked into the Tipton County jail Thursday and bonded out.

She was charged with theft and misconduct charges in connection with the misuse of county funds.

Court records show Inman has reimbursed the county for at least some of the misappropriated funds. Inman resigned in August 2012 amid accusations she racked up thousands of dollars in late fees and penalties and charged personal utility bills to the taxpayers.

The county's financial books were in such disarray that the county paid outside consultant Maximus Consulting Services more than $55,000 in taxpayer money to clean up the financial records, according to former Commissioner Jane Harper.

Harper filed a complaint with law enforcement and Indiana State Police conducted an investigation.

Harper says county auditors are elected to be the fiscal officer of the county and are expected to protect taxpayer funds and she was shocked to see the county's financial records after Inman was only in office for a year and a half.

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