Court records: Tipton County auditor used taxpayer money to pay personal bills, buy hotel rooms

Amanda Inman made unauthorized charges, court says

TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. - Tipton County auditor Amanda Inman used taxpayer money to pay her utility bills, buy meals and hotel rooms, according to court records obtained by the Call 6 Investigators.

The probable cause affidavit said Inman used Tipton County taxpayer money to pay a $312.47 telephone bill, a $389.19 Vectren gas bill, and $430.95 in expenses while attending Auditor's Conferences.

A charging document said Inman made unauthorized charges for meals and rooms at Belle Terra Casino in Vevay, Indiana.

Inman was booked into the Tipton County jail Thursday and bonded out.

She was charged with theft and misconduct charges in connection with the misuse of county funds.

Court records show Inman has reimbursed the county for at least some of the misappropriated funds. 
As the Call 6 Investigators reported in Aug. 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 $55,000 in taxpayer money to clean up the financial records, according to former Commissioner Jane Harper.

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.

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.

Inman was not home when Kenney stopped by in Aug. 2012, but Kenney left her business card and has yet to hear back from her.

A new law went into effect in Nov. 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.

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