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Richland Township Employees Sued For Misappropriated Funds

Two Richland Township employees were paid for what should have been unpaid leave.

Monroe County Courthouse

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The case will be heard in a Monroe County Circuit court.

A former trustee and two former employees of Richland Township in Ellettsville are being sued by the state’s attorney general for taking money for unpaid leave.

The Attorney General’s office is suing Richland Township’s former trustee William Evans, former office manager Bonnie Lake Justice and former investigator Le Ann Freeman for more than $47,000 in misappropriated funds.

“Working for taxpayers is a privilege, and so it violates the public trust when government employees spend tax dollars without providing adequate documentation to justify their actions,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement released Monday.

An audit report found Justice was paid more than $26,000 in township funds for “grandfathered leave time” in July 2010 and Freeman was paid around $9,500.

Evans signed the checks as trustee and is legally responsible for township funds. The Monroe County Circuit Court has not scheduled any court dates for the lawsuit.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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