SPENCER, Ind. - A judge has rejected an agreement under which a former county auditor in southern Indiana was expected to plead guilty to criminal charges of wrongly paying personal expenses with county-issued credit cards.
The Owen County judge overseeing the case against former Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman said during a court hearing Monday that she had problems with the proposed plea agreement.
The penalties in that deal haven't been released. Special prosecutor Barry Brown tells The Herald-Times that the judge wanted Gerstman to face greater punishment.
Gerstman faces felony counts of theft and official misconduct over some $11,000 in charges during 2010 and 2011 for clothing, travel to New York and Florida and her children's school tuition.
Gerstman's lawyer says she has repaid all that money.
2nd body found in house at shooting scene
Two people were found dead at a shooting scene Wednesday morning, but investigators said they don't believe the deaths happened at the same time.
Man killed in shooting on near-north side
Homicide detectives were investigating a fatal shooting Friday afternoon on the near-north side, IMPD confirmed.
Police investigate fatal shooting on west side
Police were investigating after a person was shot and killed on the city's west side Thursday night.
Man fatally shot on city's northeast side
A man was fatally shot on the city's northeast side Friday night.
Man arrested in death of 3-month-old daughter
A man was arrested after his 3-month-old daughter died Wednesday morning.
Body found in home on city's north side
Police were investigating after a man's body was found in a home on the city's north side Thursday night.