Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 10, 2013

Woman accused of paying bills with county money

Inman faces three felony theft charges for time as auditor.

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

Tipton — Charging documents accuse former Tipton County Auditor Mandy Inman of paying her utility bills and buying meals and rooms for her family with county funds.

Inman faces three counts of theft and one count of official misconduct, all Class D felonies, stemming from her time as the auditor. Inman served as Tipton County Auditor from Jan. 1, 2011 until she resigned June 1, 2012.

A warrant was issued by the court. No court date was set and no attorney had entered an appearance to represent Inman with the court as of Thursday.

Inman turned herself in at the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department and was released after posting 10 percent of $7,500 bond.

According to court documents filed Wednesday with the Tipton Circuit Court by Special Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp, Inman is charged with official misconduct for knowingly or intentionally committing theft in the performance of her official duties as auditor.

One count alleges she used county funds to pay a personal telephone/Internet bill with TDS Communications March 27, 2012, in the amount of $312.47. A second count of theft alleges Inman used taxpayer money on April 21, 2012, to pay a $389.18 to Vectren Energy for a gas bill.

Those funds have all been repaid to the county.

The third count of theft charges Inman with the use of county funds on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, 2012, for unauthorized spending for meals and rooms during an auditor’s conference at Belle Terra Casino in Vevay.

In 2011, Inman repaid the county $268.13 for a stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, in which her family joined here for a second night, and for food at a conference.

Listed as witnesses are former Tipton County Commissioner Jane Harper, who filed the theft complaint with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department; Detective Mike Tarrh, the investigator for the Indiana State Police; Al Homrig with the Indiana State Board of Accounts; and two former employees of the auditor’s office during Inman’s term in office, Diana Ramos and Amy Williams.

Ramos filed a discrimination complaint with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission in 2011 on the basis of a disability following her termination by Inman that year for poor job performance. At the time, Ramos was on medical leave.

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