Vigo Co. officials learn of book keeping error totaling $26,000


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Some Vigo County officials are figuring out what happened to your money now that there’s a conflict as to where exactly $26,000 went.

It is tax payer dollars – and the money is unaccounted for.

At a county meeting on Wednesday, one committee learned of a book keeping error that goes back almost 10 years.

But, the long and short of this is:  What the county financial records show does not match what the county’s bank account shows.

The State Board of Accounts found the difference.

At least part of the problem is that lines at the bottom of each monthly form that say “to be corrected.” As it stands, no one knows if those were ever investigated or questioned.

But, the phrase and a monetary amount appear at the bottom of every monthly statement prepared by the county basically indicated an error. And those errors started to add up!

During the specific time called into question, Dave Crockett served as the elected county treasurer. He now serves as county clerk.

He said a county employee is behind this money mix-up.

“(So all of this difference falls on the paperwork of one employee?) Probably, I mean I didn’t fill out the paperwork. I had to trust that that person was filling the paper work out,” Crockett stated.

The State Board of Accounts does not say if this was or was not a misappropriation of funds.

There are a few options for the county now. Those will be talked about at the May council meeting and the topic will be presented to the full council then for discussion.

The current treasurer, Jim Bramble, spoke to the committee on Wednesday as well.

He stated the employee connected to the problem was terminated and his accounts are balanced, except for the money at the center of this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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