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Central Indiana police chief accused of taking extra $1,530

February 28, 2019

Court documents say a central Indiana police chief charged with theft and official misconduct used his computer to bank more sick days than entitled to and cashed them out for $1,530.

A probable cause affidavit unsealed Thursday says Martinsville Police Chief Matthew Long used his computer to add three-and-a-half weeks to his bank of accumulated sick days in 2017 that he cashed out at year end.

A State Board of Accounts audit released Thursday discovered that payment and a much larger one, nearly $6,800 in unearned overtime pay.

Long's attorney, John Kautzman, released a statement saying the chief denies the allegations and at no time did he "intentionally engage in any criminal or knowingly improper conduct."

The 40-year-old Long was placed on paid leave in January. He was arrested Wednesday.

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