Prosecutors reveal 15 officials accused of stealing from public agencies

Statewide Corruption
Operation Public Accountability
Operation Public Accountability

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — State and federal prosecutors announced Thursday more than a dozen public officials have been charged with stealing more than $1 million from public offices.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced 15 people have been charged after a joint operation with the State Board of Accounts, the FBI, Indiana State Police, local county sheriffs, the U.S. Attorney's Office and state and local prosecutors.

"Operation Public Accountability" found evidence to charge officials in local fire departments, schools and city and county employees with various "corruption-related" charges.

These are the accusations against various public officials:

  • Sami Dillon: The clerk-treasurer of Cayuga in Vermillion County is accused of stealing $44,000 by not depositing utility receipts.
  • Clint Madden: Serving as the Wayne Township trustee and the Jonesville Volunteer Rural Fire Department treasurer, he's alleged to have misappropriated more than $100,000.
  • Mathew Mathis: Mathis was the treasurer of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department. He's accused of stealing more than $48,000.
  • Norman Burgess: Burgess was the treasurer of the Wayne Township Fire Department. He's accused of stealing $140,000.
  • Angela White: The former treasurer for Robey Elementary School in Wayne township is accused of stealing $10,000 from the school.
  • Rachel Bentz: Bentz was the Jay County Sheriff's Department jail matron. Authorities believe she stole $9,000 by not depositing inmate trustee receipts.
  • Dallas Davis: Davis is accused of not properly depositing utility receipts, stealing about $7,600 while serving as the clerk-treasurer for the Town of Russellville.
  • David Buzzard: The As trustee for the Rock Creek Township trustee in Bartholomew County, he's accused of overpaying himself and his spouse $27,000.
  • Jacqueline Fitzgerald and Monica Durrett: Fitzgerald and Durrett worked at the Indianapolis Local Public Bond Bank. They're alleged to have stolen $400,000.
  • Nicole DeMunck: DeMunck is accused of stealing $13,000 from the Michigan City School System while serving as the AK Smith Center Tresurer.
  • Nichole Lowry: As the Pulaski county EMS director, Lowry is accused of stealing $12,000 in training funds.
  • Cheryl Pruitt: The former Gary Schools Superintendent was charged with an alleged misappropriation of $1,256.75,

Eyewitness News reporter Allen Carter is on the scene and will provide updates as more details become available.