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Evans: Fair Board money not touched

Thursday, March 5, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- Putnam County 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Mark Evans recently said the fair board has no worries about the safety of its money.

Cause for concern stems from the arrest of a Cloverdale man who is a fair board member and technology director for the South Putnam Community School Corporation.

Rick Sutherland, 45, was charged Monday with seven felony counts of theft from National Printing Converters, Brazil.

While employed by National Printing Converters, Sutherland allegedly made unauthorized transactions on a company credit card.

The charges totaled more than $110,000 during a four-year time frame, beginning in 2004.

However, Evans said Sutherland didn't have contact with the fair board's money.

"He was not a treasurer or anything like that," Evans said. "He was always with someone when money was handled."

Evans said it was moot right now.

As far as his position with South Putnam schools, no action has been taken yet.

Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt said the school board has already had some discussion regarding Sutherland's employment.

"He is currently on a leave of absence," Bernhardt said.

Sutherland was transported to the Clay County Justice Center without incident Monday, where he is being held on $7,000 cash bond. He is awaiting further court proceedings.

According to previous information provided by officials with the Indiana State Police, in January 2008, ISP detectives began an investigation into illegal use of a company credit card at the request of 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 management, Sutherland was issued a company credit card.

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

Editor's Note: Banner-Graphic staff reporter Shannen Hayes contributed to this report.

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