Council: Former treasurer to pay more than $7,000

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) The Vigo County council has solved its book keeping problem. However, it means one county official will pay more $7,000 out of his own pocket.

Earlier this year, Indiana’s State Board of Accounts told Vigo County there was a more than $26,000 difference between their cash records and the county’s bank account. Solving the issue would be left up to the commissioners and council to solve the error.

“I sure wish I woulda known earlier because I might been able to correct it and I wouldn’t be here tonight,” former county treasurer Dave Crockett said Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know: the blame falls on Crockett because the number manipulations were done by one of the clerks in his office during his time as county treasurer.

“According to the council attorney there were not missing tax payer dollars it was a reconciliation error,” Council President Kathy Miller said. “(Wrong) numbers were being plugged in by the person that was doing the reconciling of the books.”

No money was taken but around $7,400 in interest was lost because of the numbers game. Since that money can be accounted for, the state said the person in charge will pay it back.

The county council voted 6 to 1 to close the chapter on the books and force Crockett to pay the more than $7,000.

“Probably is fair,” Crockett said. “When you get elected you are responsible for the people that work for you.”

It is important to note that some of the book discrepancies did begin just before Crockett took office. Although the county requested, no representative from the state board of accounts appeared at Tuesday’s meeting.

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