MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. - The former Clerk-Treasurer of the town of Paragon owes more than $14,000 in penalties, interest and other charges, according to an audit just released from the State Board of Accounts.
Auditors found that Vickie Herrington failed to pay the town bills on time, which resulted in penalties and interest paid by the taxpayers.
The 37-page audit also found improper handling of town finances such as failing to advertise and adopt a budget, unpaid loans, and claims paid without board approval.
The town also failed to file required reports with the county and state including a compensation report for all employees.
The State Board of Accounts sent the audit to the Morgan County Prosecutor who will determine if charges will be filed against Herrington.
The report was also forwarded to the Indiana Attorney General who can file a civil suit to recoup the money on behalf of taxpayers.
According to the audit, Herrington indicated she would respond to the audit, but no response was received.
The audit includes the town's finances from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2011.
Debbie Ellis took over as Paragon Clerk Treasurer in January 2012.