The BannerGraphic has learned that the investigation of Putnam County Sheriff Mark Frisbie has been handed over to federal authorities.
Previously, the case involving the sheriff's alleged mishandling of funds was assigned to special prosecutor Joseph Buser of Montgomery County. The Putnam County Prosecutor's office also declined to handle the case, citing a conflict of interest.
Indianapolis television news stations reported Thursday that Frisbie's case has been handed to the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis.
Acting U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison refused to confirm or deny whether the case had in fact been handed over to his office, despite being confronted with the fact that this case deals with a public official accused of mishandling public funds.
The case involves a State Board of Accounts audit that found about $4,000 in missing or misspent money by the sheriff, which included airfare, a tour of Washington, D.C., lunch at a Hooter's restaurant and campaign materials.