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.
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