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Central Indiana trustee pleads guilty to taking $270,000

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A central Indiana township trustee has been removed from office after pleading guilty to charges that she misspent about $270,000 in taxpayer money.

Sandra Norman pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges of theft and official misconduct during a Morgan County court hearing. The judge ordered her removal from office as the Ashland Township trustee and scheduled her sentencing hearing for Nov. 25.

Norman was charged with stealing the money by writing checks to herself, friends and her boyfriend since she became trustee in early 2011. The Republican became trustee after her mother resigned from the position heading up the rural township in the western edge of the county.

Norman has pledged to repay the money, although Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega told WRTV he didn't know that she currently had a job.

"I'm glad we were able to get her out of office and they can replace her, that is a major accomplishment just to get her out of office," Sonnega said. "Hopefully the new person will get engaged in training and do it right and is responsible."

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment at a home telephone number listed in Norman's name.

A replacement for Norman will be picked by a caucus of Republican Party precinct committee members.

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  • Really??
    Governmental employee theft is not a Republican issue or Democrat issue. Comments like that are one of the reasons why our federal government cannot function. Playing politics and name calling does not solve problems. There are enough bad apples on both sides of the of political landscape. We could point our many examples from both parties if you cared to do so. The issue is lack of oversite and controls in all levels of government.
  • Party?
    Get real - this has nothing to do with party affiliation. Take a look one county south (Monroe County) and you'll find similar infractions by a county clerk and a township trustee both of the other party.
  • So telling
    What a wholesome rural republican. Morally bankrupt just like the rest of them. No integrity.

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