Ex-county auditor gets home detention

Ex-county auditor gets home detention
Posted at 12:41 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 12:41:38-04

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A former Monroe County auditor will serve home detention after pleading guilty to official misconduct.

Steven Saulter, who resigned as auditor in 2016, was accused of purchasing $620 worth of food and prescription medications for his personal use with a Monroe County credit card between Sept. 5 and Oct. 10 of 2016.

He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which three charges of fraud were dismissed on July 7.

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Court records show he must serve three months of home detention and 275 days of probation after he’s released from house arrest.

If Saulter successfully completes probation without a violation, his felony official misconduct charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

He must also pay $185 in court costs, court records show.

Saulter was the second Monroe County auditor since 2014 to be accused of using a county credit card for personal expenses.

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Saulter, a Democrat, replaced former Monroe County auditor Amy Gerstman, who pleaded guilty in September 2014 to felony official misconduct and misdemeanor conversion for using county-issued credit cards for personal purchases. She was sentenced to three months home detention in that case.

Just months later, former Monroe County human resources director Rhonda Foster pleaded guilty to conversion for her own alleged misuse of her Monroe County-issued credit card.