TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. - An arrest warrant was expected to be issued Thursday for a former Tipton County auditor who was charged with theft and misconduct charges in connection with the misuse of county funds.
Special prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp charged Amanda Inman with three counts of theft and one count of official misconduct.
As the Call 6 Investigators reported in August 2012, Inman resigned amid accusations she racked up thousands of dollars in late fees and penalties and charged personal utility bills to the taxpayers.
The county’s financial books were in such disarray that the county paid outside consultant Maximus Consulting Services more than $30,000 in taxpayer money to clean up the financial records.
The criminal charges come months after former Tipton County Commissioner Jane Harper filed a complaint with law enforcement and Indiana State Police conducted an investigation.
"Anyone who uses the county's routing number to pay for their own personal bills is absolutely (committing) theft," Harper said in Aug. 2012. "Tipton County has taken a zero-tolerance stance on using public funds for personal use."
County auditors are elected to be the fiscal officer of the county and are expected to protect taxpayer funds.
"The taxpayers should be angry," said Harper. "That $30,000 is coming out of the county general fund to pay to clean up the mistake of an elected official."
Harper told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney she was shocked to see the condition of the county's financial records after a year and a half of Inman being in office.
"I was just seeing multiple mistakes," Harper said. "Entries in the ledger that were the wrong funds, the wrong amounts, they were put in the wrong lines, so I was very concerned."
The State Board of Accounts is auditing the county's financial records for its regularly scheduled audit and possibly a special supplemental audit.
Inman was not home when Kenney stopped by in August 2012, but Kenney left her business card and has yet to hear back from her.
A new law went into effect in November 2012 requiring county auditors to receive at least 15 hours of training in the first year of office, and 40 hours of training within the first three years of taking office.
Harper said Inman had paid back most of the money she used to pay her utility bills.
The Call 6 Investigators spoke with the Tipton County clerk’s office Thursday morning who said an arrest warrant for Inman had been signed by the judge, and the sheriff’s office was expected to pick it up sometime Thursday.