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Ex-Center Township Trustee official faces charges

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the arrest of a former public official from the Center Township Trustee’s Office.

Hogsett’s office said he will disclose charges against the official at the 1 p.m. press conference, but did not name the official.

The trustee’s office has been under scrutiny in recent years over its financial management practices. Critics have long complained the office spends too much money on overhead and personnel while providing few services. The office's main duty is poor relief.

A state audit covering 2009 and 2010 found a number of Center Township employees, including former Chief Financial Officer Alan Mizen, were heavily compensated from the township assistance fund but didn’t do any assistance-related work.

The auditors produced a supplemental report on Mizen’s pay, which totaled $173,236 in 2010, though his stated salary was $92,295. Mizen collected overtime, though he was in a salaried position, the report said. He also cashed out comp time and paid time off, against township rules, according to the report.

Mizen reported working more than 12 hours a day on 107 days in 2010.

“We would have expected to see a corresponding amount of output/work generated from the hours being charged,” the auditors wrote. “Several items that were the responsibility of the CFO were either not performed or were incomplete.”

Mizen, who’d been earning extra compensation since 2005, stated in his official response that he only appeared to collect overtime because township time sheets didn’t have a place to record comp time, which he was allowed to take.

He argued that the auditors misinterpreted the rules about comp time, and that cashing out was permissible. He said the trustee had verbally approved both comp time and the excess paid time off.

An update to this story can be found here.





 

 

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  • unecessary level of government
    There needs to be more efficiency and less waste on government. Townships level of government needs to be eliminated and merged into local municipal government functions!
  • Corruption
    I agree, there is massive corruption in this city/county on both sides of the aisle. Joe Hogsett has been doing a decent job so far, but what we really need is the FBI/Justice Department to come in and clean house. I really don't want to become another Chicago/Detroit!
  • Tip of The Iceberg
    Here's hoping that Joe will keep digging. Much more to find at Center Township Trustee's office. While he is at it he might take a look at just who is paying for Mayor Ballard's luxury overseas travel.
  • Parking Garage
    I guess they never will look at Carl Drummer storing his friends expensive, antique vehicles in a taxpayer owned garage.
  • Honda
    Could be Honda. I will say that Hogsett seems to be an equal opportunity prosecutor, hitting folks from both parties!
  • What???
    Township government is antiquated and houses millions of dollars that are left unpaid to those in need. The overhead and lack of oversight in itself is reason enough to eliminate this branch of government. The good old boy network doesn't want this to happen because of family/friends and votes.
  • Your surprised?
    If they were to look into the other townships and their finances it wouldn't surprise me if they found more of the same. These guys and their family employees are making the big $$$ with no accountability or over site. The voters of Marion County voted to do away with these township offices but it is amazing they found away to conduct business as normal. Let's do away with these township offices once and for all!
  • Why?
    Why do you think that every government official is corrupt? We have known for decaeds that the Center Township Trustee office was corruptdue to the number of employees and their pay. The ROC was signed off by not only the Mayor's office but by the City-County Council as well. I am not saying the deal is a good one, but all parties had an opportunity to review the details of the deal and speak up against it when it was presented before them. The Democrats are now saying they did not know? Try again, you voted to approve the deal now live with it and get it fixed. The eastside of Indianapolis needs this facility to work along with the rest of Marion County.
  • ROC next?
    Will Joe Hogsett turn his focus to the massively corrupt Mayor's office next and the crony capitalist ROC deal?????

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