Audit: Town employee bought gas on taxpayer dime

Criminal charges not yet filed

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. - The Delaware County prosecutor has not yet filed criminal charges against a former Yorktown town employee accused of stealing gas from the taxpayers, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

According to an audit just released from the State Board of Accounts, auditors found Robert Godwin made 17 unauthorized fuel purchases totaling $1,431.76.

Godwin was fired.

"The Town Manager stated that he did not want to press charges and believed that the loss of his job was enough punishment," Clerk-Treasurer Beth Neff wrote in a Nov. 7, 2013, letter to the State Board of Accounts.

According to Neff's letter, the town called the police department, which retrieved photos from a gas station used by town employees.

"(Godwin) did not deny that he had taken the fuel for his own use and the employee was fired from his position," read the audit .

After he was confronted about the fuel charges, Godwin repaid the $1,431.76 in November.

The audit was forwarded to the Delaware County prosecutor's office, but court records show no criminal charges were filed.

Kenney reached out to the prosecutor's office via phone and email but has yet to hear back.

Click here to read the full audit report.

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