ATTIC Official Arrested After Allegedly Embezzling Nearly $100K

(JASPER) – Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, announced today that Mark A. Schmitt, 65, of Jasper, has been charged with theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Mark Schmitt

According to court records, Schmitt was an assistant director and accountant for ATTIC Incorporated, a non-profit organization located in Knox County, that received Federal funds for its programs that assist disabled individuals in the community.

During his tenure from May 1, 2018, to October 31, 2018, Schmitt transferred approximately $98,000 from the non-profit to a personal account he controlled and used for his own benefit.

“Violating the public trust will not go unpunished,” said Minkler.

“Intentionally securing public funds for personal gain is unacceptable. This charge should serve as an example of the fate individuals who commit these crimes can expect.”

The investigation was conducted by the Evansville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who is prosecuting the case for the government, the defendant faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In October 2017, Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the Office’s enduring commitment to investigating.