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Former Monroe County Auditor’s Plea Deal Rejected

An Owen County judge rejected a plea agreement in which former Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman would have plead guilty to misuse of funds.

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Gerstman faces criminal charges for using $11,000 in taxpayer money for personal expenses.

An Owen County judge has rejected a plea agreement in which a former Monroe County auditor would have plead guilty to criminal charges for using county-issued credit cards to pay personal expenses.

According to the Herald Times, the judge overseeing the case against former Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman said during a court hearing Monday that she had problems with the proposed plea agreement.

 Owen Circuit Judge Lori Quillen on Monday refused to accept a plea agreement for Amy Gerstman, the former Monroe County auditor accused of charging $11,000 on county credit cards for personal purchases.

“The court has issues with the plea agreement,” Quillen said as the hearing got started. “I was OK with portions of it, and certainly not in agreement with other portions.”

The penalties in that deal haven’t been released, though special prosecutor Barry Brown told the Herald-Times that the judge wanted Gerstman to face greater punishment.

Gerstman faces felony counts of theft and official misconduct over $11,000 in charges during 2010 and 2011 for clothing, personal travel, and her children’s school tuition.

According to Gerstman’s lawyer, Gerstman has paid back the money.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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