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ISP: Former German Township Clerk Arrested on Fraud, Forgery Charges

ISP: Former German Township Clerk Arrested on Fraud, Forgery Charges

Bill Stephens

March 23rd, 2016


Indiana State Police say a former German Township Clerk in Vanderburgh County has been arrested on fraud and forgery charges following an eight month investigation.

ISP indicates the investigation by the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit and the Indiana State Board of Accounts began in August 2015 on 45 year old Virginia Massey of Evansville after an audit was conducted on the German Township accounting records. Authorities say it was believed that Massey had fraudulently submitted claim forms for mileage reimbursement of over 12-thousand dollars from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014 without supporting documentation.

According to police, investigators found mileage documentation provided by Massey for 2010 and 2013 were identical with the exception of two entries, with numerous entries made during 2010 for visits to financial institutions and the City-County Building on weekends when the facilities were closed. Authorities say a total of 145 trips were documented within the documentation provided by Massey, while only 9 trips coincided with actual financial transactions. In addition, police indicate there were discrepancies in the odometer meter readings and mileage entries logged from 2010 through 2014.

ISP says Massey was arrested on a warrant at her Evansville residence and faces charges of two counts of forgery, two counts of theft, and two counts of official misconduct. She was lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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