Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit against a Benton Township Trustee for misappropriating $97,000 in public funds. After a state audit, Benton Township Trustee Heather Cohee was found to have used public money for personal use.
In addition to the lawsuit, the Attorney General’s office has obtained a temporary restraining order that freezes Cohee’s assets including her house, vehicles and bank accounts. If the suit is successful, some of the repayments would be made using those assets.
In a statement to the press, Zoeller said this was just one method to recouping the missing funds.
“The taxpayers dollars must be reimbursed for the repeated acts of dishonesty, and we’ll use all the legal tools at our disposal to compel repayment from this defendant,” he says.
The Benton Trustee was arrested earlier this week on theft and prescription drug charges. The criminal charges come from the Monroe County prosecutor’s office and are separate from the civil suit filed by the Attorney General.
Cohee resigned from her position as trustee March 1.