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Mitchener to be sentenced on July 23

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Roachdale woman accused of stealing more than $56,000 from the special education cooperative where she was employed as a treasurer will be sentenced on July 23.

Tammy Y. Mitchener, 33, pled guilty Thursday to Class C felony corrupt business influence and Class D felony. Under the terms of a plea agreement presented to Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley, a charge of Class D felony official misconduct and four charges of Class C felony forgery would be dismissed in exchange for Mitchener's guilty plea to the two felonies. Headley took the agreement under advisement.

Since Mitchener's crimes are non-violent in nature, the maximum sentence she could receive is 10 years.

Court records said Mitchener wrote $56,639.19 worth of checks from the ONT account to a vendor called PC Technologies -- which turned out to be a dummy corporation she set up and opened a bank account for. Mitchener allegedly deposited the checks she wrote into the PC Technologies account and then moved the money into her personal account, which was at a different bank, using online banking services.

Mitchener committed the crimes between Feb. 24, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2008, court records said.

In addition to the checks she allegedly wrote to herself, an audit done by the Indiana State Board of Accounts showed that ONT lost more than $52,000 in penalties and interest paid to the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue due to Mitchener's negligence.

Mitchener was arrested on Dec. 2. She posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond and was released from jail that day.

Mitchener is accused of committing the crimes she is charged with between Feb. 24, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2008, court documents said.

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Does she have to pay the money back, or did she use it all to pay her lawyer and to get out on bail?

-- Posted by reeltime on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 10:12 AM

Can she share a cell with Wade and swap stories on the not so perfect crime?

-- Posted by mad-mom on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 12:26 PM

As always this paper didn't print the truth.Judge Headley as not even in the court room.The max is 8 years not 10.The plea call for 3 years max on the two charges. She was bonded and any money not paid by the bond company ,she has to pay back to ONT. Then she has to settle with the bond company.Her family paid your lawyer and her bail.The part about money owned to the IRS and IDR has nothing to do with this case.That's not part of the plea,and couldn't even be talked about in court.The paper is always repeating the same story over every time, and getting the facts wrong.She pled guilty , let the judge and the courts do their jobs. But, if it makes you feel better,to make cheap remarks about her or the case go ahead.

-- Posted by therealstory on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 1:05 PM

And just who is the enabler of the cheap remarks?

"She pled guilty"

-- Posted by reeltime on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 1:14 PM

The real story needs to proof read. Fact is she stole money from disable children. I hope she gets what is coming to her. I have seen her out a few times shopping. I have seen her in A&E twice. If we have to steal money, then she sholdn't be out buying high dollar clothes. Oh well who are we to judge her.

-- Posted by northcounty08 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 3:08 PM

Exactly, who are we to judge?

-- Posted by teach4ever on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 10:49 PM

To upallnightrockerr. I guess maybe you didn't go to high school, if you are that confused.She was bonded by by ONT.The people at ONT are bonded to cover any lost.Hope you understand now.As for her family, they love her and will stand by her and do anything they can to help,Maybe your family wouldn't do it for you ,but hers will. And yes the plea was for a max of 3 years. that's in the court record.And if the only thing you can do is make cheap remarks about someone,that only shows how little of a person you are.

-- Posted by therealstory on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 6:46 AM

Speaking of cheap thoughts therealstory you need to put your foot in your mouth. therealstory is that she is a crook and if you can do the crime, you will have to pay the time! Family or no family this woman is a criminal.

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 10:48 AM

Hmmm for those that cant do simple math:

C-Felonies carry 8 years

D-felonies carry 2 years

Ran consecutively would equal Hmmm do the Math

10 years... Given the nature of the crime she will prob get the 3 years (she will be out in 1.5) unless she runs some ponzie scheme in the DOC. Now with that in your head. think about this yes she gets the 3 years .. and say they do in fact run the sentences consecutive that could mean she could find her butt on probation for the suspended sentence equaling 7 years .. which in this county can and normally does mean HOUSE ARREST. The 3 years is just a cap on executed JAIL time then she Will spend time on paper. There is mandatory minimums for sentencing in this state .and they did not drop the C felony. so with that she is pretty much going to get the 8 years with 5 suspended and the rest spent well ..hmm at home..and that is if they just run the charges concurrently if the go the other way she will spend 2 more years on paper as well yes I am a Lawyer. dont know the girl but just tired of people doing strange math.

Have a nice day

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 11:08 AM

Oh after reading the rest of the comments do i see a FED case in the works too.. Ouch. and that would not be double jeopardy..better housing though..

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 11:13 AM

In response to the teach4ever, are you so innocent that you have never sat back and judged anyone of a crime they committed? I think not!!! So before you go bashing me or anyone else, remember people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. And what about the disabled children this money should have went to, does she think she's entitled to money that they need, is she better than anyone or them, the answer to that is a big NO, but she thinks she is. Shame on her. And also what about her kids and husband who have to endure the ridicule her actions have caused. Think about that for a change!!! God bless her family in this time and God forgive her of her crime!!!

-- Posted by whatnext on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 2:23 AM

All I said was "Who are we to judge"

Since you don't know me you don't know what I think or how I perceive this whole ordeal. My heart goes out to the family. I just think that before comments are made and people are judged we all need to be polite and considerate with what is said.

-- Posted by teach4ever on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 6:35 AM

Teach4ever I don't remember 10+ years of High School ago, but I doubt that I was taught what a bonding company pays for. I mean I was too busy learning well you know Economics and Literature. I wasn't in a court room. And I was just saying that Tammy could have the respect for her family to suffer the consequences for her actions and not allow them to pay for her mistakes (financially)! So, to the lawyer if she gets house arrest can she still shop online? B/C if so that is not punishment for her! Just wondering what all that will intell? Obviously I hit a sore spot with teach since you took my comment off. I just think that if we make choices it should be know by our community that they will bite you if their bad ones and bless you if their good ones. I don't see anything good coming out of no remorse!

-- Posted by upallnightrocker on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 11:00 AM

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