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Area man arrested at place of employment

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Cloverdale man was arrested at his place of employment in Putnam County and charged by the Indiana State Police with seven counts of theft from a Brazil business Monday afternoon.

ISP Det. Sam Stearley, of the Terre Haute Post, charged Rick R. Sutherland, 45, with seven felony counts of theft from National Printing Converters, Brazil.

According to information provided by an ISP press release, in January 2008 ISP detectives began an investigation into illegal use of a company credit card at the request of the Brazil City Police.

According to ISP detectives, Sutherland was employed with the company for approximately 20 years, working his way up to being a member of the management team. Investigators reported that as part of the management team, Sutherland was issued a company credit card.

During the course of the investigation, Stearley and ISP Det. Chris Carter discovered Sutherland allegedly made unauthorized transactions totaling over $110,000 dollars in a four-year period from 2004.

On Monday, Sutherland was arrested without incident and transported to the Clay County Justice Center, where he is being held on a $7,000 cash bond. The Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the ISP case report and filed seven counts of theft against Sutherland.

If convicted, officials confirmed Sutherland could receive six-months-three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine for each class D felony theft charge.

Jail officials confirmed Sutherland remains incarcerated awaiting further court proceedings.

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I don't know why the title didn't read like this "Putnam County Fairgrounds Executive Board member arrested at place of employment"????

-- Posted by Greencastle watcher on Mon, Mar 2, 2009, at 4:50 PM

Gotta-love-these fact finders!!! and of course he's guilty until proven innocent, so why only $7,000.00 bond???

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 9:45 AM

omg was this the guy suuposedly handing out bad checks????

-- Posted by maria31st on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 11:46 AM

Greencastle must have attended the Jimmy Olson/Clark Kent school of journalism.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 3:53 PM

LeeThall (Superreporter) Good One haahaa!I'm still trying to figure out the $7,000.bond. Greencastle watcher has a good question too!

-- Posted by rooster1 on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:39 AM

Chicken, I don't profess to be a reporter, Super or otherwise. But thanks anyway. :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 12:02 PM

What is going on, a person steals $110,000 dollars and might get 3 yrs, a person convicted

of drugs and habitual offender gets 35 years..

Something is not RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Iamforgiven on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 2:40 PM

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