INDIANAPOLIS - The Call 6 Investigators are looking into public corruption and the officials who are being told to repay money to the public.
According to a report, in the last five years (2009 to 2013), public servants have misused $13.1 million -- which is equivalent to the cost of building at least two new elementary schools.
The Call 6 Investigators requested the latest figures from the Attorney General’s office. The AG is responsible for going after public officials who rip the public off.
The top five counties where officials were caught with the public’s money include four counties in central Indiana.
- The highest level of public corruption with 37 cases is Lake County at $1.3 million.
- Indianapolis had 13 cases in the past five years, totaling $1.4 million.
- Monroe County came in third with 11 cases.
- Madison County came in fourth place with nine cases totaling $888,000.
- Fifth place went to Montgomery County with cases totaling more than $64,000.
Money appeared to be a temptation statewide. Each county had at least one official who was targeted at some point for misusing tax dollars.
Officials who don't pay up might find the default judgment on their credit report which can haunt them for life.