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Mitchener approved for transition program

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Roachdale woman who stole over $55,000 from local special education cooperative Old National Trail has been granted release into a community transition program.

Tammy Y. Mitchener, 34, has been in prison since July 2009. She was convicted of stealing funds from ONT, where she was employed as a treasurer. She was convicted of one count of Class C felony corrupt business influence (also known as racketeering) and one count of Class D felony theft.

Mitchener was arrested on Dec. 2, 2008. Later that day, a family member posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond and Mitchener was released.

According to court records, Mitchener wrote $56,639.19 worth of checks from the ONT's 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 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.

Judge Matthew Headley gave Mitchener a five-year sentence and ordered Mitchener to serve years in prison and spend two years on probation. The maximum sentence Headley could have given Mitchener would have been 10 years.

Mitchener has been serving her prison sentence at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. Her earliest possible out day is listed on the IDOC website as Jan. 21, 2011.

Mitchener's approval for the transition program means that while she will technically still be a Department of Corrections inmate, she will be released from prison. She will either be put on electronic home monitoring or work release.

This was the second attempt to get Mitchener out of prison.

Mitchener's attorney, Bob Perry, filed a request on Nov. 4, 2009, to ask that his client be released into home detention. The state objected to the request, and it was denied by Headley on Nov. 17, 2009.

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Isn't is great that they used a "Americas Next Top Model picture"....

-- Posted by Innocent on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 8:08 AM

I pray that the courts let her son live with her. I attend all the school functions and to watch his father and the way he portrays himself is a shame and no child should be in that enviroment!

-- Posted by greencastle86 on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 8:46 AM

Unbelieveable!!! Yes, I bet she learned her lesson on that one!

-- Posted by didisaythat? on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 10:16 AM

This is your criminal justice system at its finest.

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 10:28 AM

and just what kind of environment would that be greencastle86 I attend all the sporting events he's in too and his dad seems just fine! another thing what kind of environment did she create herself one that got her locked up? seems like she's a good role model for him! so before you post things maybe you should take a look at all that has went on. oh wait you probably don't know what your even talking about! by what I hear he removed him from two bad environments! plus maybe you should talk to him and see what really went on!!!!

-- Posted by lucky32 on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 1:13 PM

lucky32 you must be into their enviroment as well or you wouldn't be getting all defensive. anyway she is an awesome mom who just got caught up in material things, but her children always came first, unlike others

-- Posted by greencastle86 on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 2:01 PM

I agree with Greencastle86....very defensive there lucky32. affairs, careless father, abusive husband???? Yup just the environment I would want a child to be living in. You definately don't have a clue what you are talking about. Get a life and quit opinionating others you know nothing about.

-- Posted by unknown on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 3:08 PM

Seems to me what the entire family needs are prayers. It says in the scriptures somewhere

something like "remove the plank from your

own eye before you are concerned about the

plank in another's eye."

I pray that everyone that is reading this pray for our Father's guidance for this family.

-- Posted by mothersue on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 9:11 PM

greencastle86 & unknown - GROW UP and get a life!

-- Posted by opinionmatters on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 8:41 AM

This is a travesty, she obviously has no morals or feeling stealing from special need kids. Thanks to her the program is disbanned here, send here to alcatraz for the remainder of her time, what a joke put co. prosecuters.

-- Posted by tru story on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:23 AM

and I forgot Lucky 32....GROW UP!

-- Posted by opinionmatterss on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 1:38 PM

Dont committ the crime if ya dont want to do the time. She got what she deserved. As for her parenting skills and the fathers parenting skills, it sounds like they are tit for tat. Dont know them personally so cant say one way or another, but Mom get locked up makes me wonder about her.

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 9:43 PM

In my opinion both parents are guilty. You can't tell me a spouse is stealing from their employer and the other spouse don't know it or at least don't suspect something fishy. I am sorry but, if I had extra money I would want to know where it was coming from.Don't understand why she doesn't have to do at least half her time. Time cuts usually don't work that way.

-- Posted by bam on Sun, Oct 10, 2010, at 5:18 PM

do you realize how overcrowded our prisons are?

-- Posted by ttocs on Thu, Oct 14, 2010, at 1:39 PM

Wow. Regardless of what we all think about Tammy and her son's father, I'm sure her son feels really proud to read what you're posting about his parents. Please remember, he's a kid. He has to go to school and try to live a "normal" life and still try to sort through all of this. Take it easy. God bless him and her other children, as well.

-- Posted by putnamcountyrefugee on Sun, Nov 14, 2010, at 8:28 PM

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