Former Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman faces seven felony counts

Prosecutor: Tax money used for personal trip

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A former Monroe County auditor has been charged with seven felonies in connection with personal purchases made on her county-issued Visa credit card.

Special prosecutor Barry Brown filed criminal charges Monday against Amy Gerstman, including six counts of theft and one count of official misconduct.

Court documents accuse Gerstman of using taxpayer money for women's clothing, airline tickets and hotel accommodations for a personal trip to Key West, Fla., school tuition for her children at Harmony School and her Indiana University Alumni Association membership dues.

As the Call 6 Investigators reported in June 2012 , some called for Gerstman's resignation after a State Board of Accounts audit revealed she used county credit cards to charge thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

Gerstman did not resign and was allowed to serve her entire four-year term.

According to court documents, Gerstman submitted a claim for a $2,500 trip to New York for a training session, but failed to register for the training.

Gerstman reimbursed the county for at least some of the expenses, county leaders said.

Gerstman has not responded to Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney's requests for comment.

"It's not fair to the public," said Mary Hawk, R-Monroe County Council, in June 2012.

Hawk requested the State Board of Accounts audit when she suspected misuse.

"The auditor is the one supposed to be looking at these dollars and the bills, and we can't trust that to be happening," Hawk said.

Earlier this year, Brown also filed criminal charges against former Monroe County Human Resources Director Rhonda Foster , claiming misuse of the county credit card.

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