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Indiana State Police Sunday arrested former Clay Township Trustee Christa Acton and Deputy Trustee Laurie Baker following an almost two-year investigation into some irregularities in the Trustee's office which allegedly appeared to be criminal in nature.
Sgt. Noel Houze, with the State Police Post in Versailles, says warrants were issued Friday for their arrest. Houze says both women were arrested at their respective homes without any problems by State Police along with help from the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office.
Acton is facing nine felony counts including multiple counts of welfare fraud, theft, conflict of interest and one count of official misconduct. Baker is facing 18 felony counts including multiple counts of welfare fraud, theft, forgery, perjury and conflict of interest. They were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.
Houze says the investigation begin in January of last year after the Indiana State Board of Accounts completed an audit of the Clay Township Trustee office which revealed some irregularities in the office which appeared to be criminal in nature. The ISBA alerted the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office who in turn requested a criminal investigation be initiated by the Indiana State Police.
Senior Prosecutor Cynthia Crispin has been appointed to serve as special prosecutor in this case.
Last Updated: Monday, November 04, 2013 10:08:52 AM
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