Corruption charges brought against public administrators

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–Federal and state charges were filed by US Attorney Josh Minkler on Thursday against 15 Hoosiers for corruption-related offenses. Those charged held positions in public service and local government. “Operation Public Accountability” was a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Attorney’s Office State Board of Accounts, Indiana State Police, county sheriffs, and prosecutors to hold accountable local fire department officials, school employees, and various municipal and county employees from around the state.

Federal charges were brought against the following individuals:

  • Clint Madden, 51, of Columbus, former Wayne Township Trustee and treasurer of the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department is alleged to have misappropriated over $100,000 from the township and the fire department.
  • Mathew Mathis, 47, of Columbus, as the Treasurer of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department, is alleged to have stolen over $48,000 from the department.
  • Kellie Cline, 35, of Greenwood, a former treasurer at Greenwood Middle School, is alleged to have stolen approximately $50,000 from the school’s extra-curricular account.

In another case that is pending, David Buzzard, 50, of Columbus, who served as the Rock Creek Township Trustee in Bartholomew County, also faces charges from the State of Indiana. He is alleged to have overpaid himself and his spouse approximately $27,000.

In total, Minkler’s office says the State Board of Accounts is asking for repayment of more than $1 million based on the misappropriations identified in the 15 cases.

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