Affidavit: Former Sheriff’s Office secretary may have used stolen money for credit card debt

POSEY COUNTY, In. (WEHT) — The former Posey County Sheriff’s Office secretary was booked in Posey County Jail Wednesday afternoon for felony charges. 

She was released on bond a short time later. 

“This is a pending case and she’s obviously innocent until proven guilty,” County Prosecutor Thomas Clowers told Eyewitness News. 

The former Posey County Sheriff’s Office secretary was booked in Posey County Jail Wednesday afternoon for felony charges. 
She was released on bond a short time later. 

“This is a pending case and she’s obviously innocent until proven guilty,” County Prosecutor Thomas Clowers told Eyewitness News. 

According to an affidavit, it all began with an audit. Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham requested a review by the Indiana State Board of Accounts. 
Indiana State Police conducted that audit, and it showed missing money. 

“This situation obviously is unique and my office is treating these charges very seriously.”

The affidavit goes on to say that 42-year-old Trinity Tucker, a 17-year employee with the Sheriff’s office, agreed to questioning. 

It says during an interview, she said part of her duties included handling the Sheriff’s cash book. 

It says she eventually admitted she would take cash from bonds and use it to pay off credit card debt, but pay some of the money back. 

According to reports, she used a method called “check substitutions for cash” — where case is stolen and substituted with unrecorded checks. 
Wednesday, authorities issued a warrant for her arrest and she turned herself in. 

She bonded out a short time later. 

“Her attorney asked bond to be lowered, over our objection,” said Clowers. 

According to ISP, she stole over $18,000 between 2016 and 2018. 

She is facing four counts of theft, which is a level 6 felony. 

Clowers says that means that Tucker could serve six months to 2.5 years behind bars, and pay a fine of up to $10,000. 

“This is an egregious violation of the public’s trust.”

Tucker turned in her resignation in February of 2019. 

She is due back in court on January 29. 

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