Clerk-treasurer arrested, accused of using taxpayer money to purchase personal computers

Timothy Osha asked to repay $103K

INDIANAPOLIS - A former town clerk-treasurer has been arrested on theft and fraud charges.

In an audit just released by the State Board of Accounts , auditors said Timothy Osha, former Town of Chandler Clerk-Treasurer, racked up personal expenses on the town credit card including a Dell notebook, remote controls, batteries for his motorcycle and ATV, two Toshiba notebooks, two HP notebooks, a Toshiba laptop and a Gateway laptop.     

Auditors said Osha charged more than $23,633 in 2011 on the town credit card, and also racked up nearly $80,000 in late fees and interest on other accounts.
              
The State Board of Accounts asked Osha to repay $103,210.54, which includes the additional costs for auditors to handle Osha’s case.
              
Osha declined to meet with the State Board of Accounts to go over the audit findings.
              
Osha was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with theft and fraud after a criminal investigation from Indiana State Police.
              
He’s expected in Warrick County court on Feb. 11.
              
The Attorney General’s office would typically seek to recoup the money on behalf of the taxpayers.

“We recently received this audit and it is currently under review,” said Bryan Corbin, spokesman for the Indiana Attorney General’s office.
 

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