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Liberty Township Trustee In Henry County Arrested For Theft

Last updated on Thursday, February 23, 2017

(HENRY CO.) - Indiana State Police arrested the Henry County Liberty Township Trustee, at her home, on a multiple count felony and misdemeanor warrant for theft and official misconduct Wednesday.

The warrant was the result of a several month long investigation by Halbert and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The State Police investigation was initiated in early November, 2016, after a State Board of Accounts audit found that Trustee Phyllis Shafer, age 61, had allegedly overpaid herself approximately $9,000 between the years of 2013 and 2015. After the audit and investigation was completed it was turned over to Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs for his review.

As a result of the Henry County Prosecutor's Office review, a 9 count warrant was issued for Shafer for 2 counts of theft, Class "D" felony; 3 counts of theft, Level 6 felony; one count of official misconduct, Class "D" felony; 2 counts of official misconduct Level 6 felony and one count of theft, Class "A" misdemeanor. Shafer was lodged in the Henry County Jail.

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