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Area man placed on leave by school corporation

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rick Sutherland
GREENCASTLE -- The South Putnam School Corporation School Board recently decided to place Rick Sutherland, 45, on an indefinite leave of absence without pay, effective April 1.

Sutherland, who is employed by the school corporation, was charged earlier this month with seven felony counts of theft.

The charges stem from unauthorized use of a credit card through Sutherland's previous employer, National Printing Converters, Brazil.

To fill his space as computer technician, the corporation has brought in several consultants to work on its computer system.

The board did not make an official decision on Sutherland's future with the school system.

"Board members are working to address it," Supt. Bruce Bernhardt said.

Information provided by the Indiana State Police stated in January 2008, detectives began an investigation into the illegal use of a company credit card at the request of the Brazil City Police Department.

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, ISP detectives discovered Sutherland allegedly made unauthorized transactions totaling more than $110,000 in a four-year period.

Sutherland was arrested without incident March 2 and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

If convicted, Sutherland could receive six months to three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine for each count, according to officials.

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I don't understand why this went on for 4 years. Did National Printing not catch it for that long or were they just letting him "hang himself" so to speak?

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 11:29 PM

I think what happened here is what typically happens in your job of 20 years .. he gained their trust. They had no reason to believe he was abusing the company CC. He could probably justify every purchase until someone put 2 and 2 together. Just goes to show you that theft just isn't worth the price you pay. Dignity, honor, integrity, self-respect, others perception of you. Sad really.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 9:58 AM

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