Former Roachdale clerk charged
Indiana State Police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for the former Roachdale Clerk-Treasurer who is accused of stealing $3,720 from the town and misspending or losing nearly $50,000 in taxpayer money.
Jennifer L. Crum, 32, Roachdale, faces one felony theft charge for allegedly overpaying herself by $3,720 in 2006, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by State Police Sgt. Scott Stockton.
Crum repaid the town on Oct. 3 and resigned as Clerk-Treasurer on Oct. 4.
The criminal investigation came after a State Board of Accounts audit found missing and misspent funds totaling $49,337.40, most of them from penalties incurred from unpaid taxes and bills.
Crum was only insured for $20,000, the audit said.
The town stands to lose the rest of the unaccounted for money.
Stockton said Crum is only criminally liable for the $3,720 since negligence in public office is not a crime.
Authorities are working out the details of Crum's surrender to police with her attorney Jeffrey Boggess.