Indiana AG wins case to recover misappropriated funds

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(WEHT) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill won a civil case this week against Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, recovering $224,690 misappropriated by a local official in Lawrenceburg.

Lawrenceburg Clerk-Treasurer Theresa L. Bruening pleaded guilty in federal court for wire fraud relating to unauthorized payroll checks, excess payroll contributions, and duplicative payroll payments issued to herself.

Ohio Casualty was the provider of two crime insurance policies for the city.

The company claimed its policies did not cover Bruening’s actions.

Dearborn Superior Court did not agree with the company’s argument.

“We must always hold accountable those who illegally siphon money for themselves from the public treasury,” Attorney General Hill said. “Our office will continue seeking to recoup taxpayer dollars when public funds have been misappropriated.”

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This story was originally published on July 11, 2019

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