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The state Attorney General says he plans to make a push in the next legislative session for a bill that aims to help prevent embezzlement by public employees.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state must do more to protect against what he calls breaches of public trust. He says he will ask the General Assembly to require double signatures for some types of expenditures.
“Requiring this second signature I think would do a lot to prevent the opportunity for this type of embezzlement,” he says.
The State Inspector General David Thomas testified Tuesday before a legislative committee that Indiana’s code regarding procedures public officials must follow when handling money is already too complicated. Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce, a committee member, says a proper balance must be struck.
“You could literally prosecute someone for paying a bill that was due and owed and legal,” he says. “But because they didn’t use the very precise language attesting to the fact that that bill was legal and needed to be paid, you could prosecute them and send them off to jail, theoretically, which is an absurd result.”
The Inspector General will present a report to the committee on recommendations for simplifying the code in the next few months.