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UPDATE: Former city clerk charged

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Tracy Webster
* Webster turns self in, bonds out

Updated at 8:22 p.m., with additional information provided by the Indiana State Police

The former Brazil City clerk-treasurer was booked into Clay County Justice Center on felony allegations of forgery and theft Tuesday evening.

Although details are limited at this time, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Tracy Webster, 42, Brazil, turned herself in to authorities with her attorney present. She was booked on one class C felony Forgery and three class D felony Theft charges.

Paying 10 percent of the $10,000 cash bond, Webster has since bonded out.

If convicted of a class C felony, the highest charge filed against Webster at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

A conviction for a class D felony is punishable with six months to 3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000 for each count.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, who is unable to comment on pending cases, presented the probable cause affidavit for the arrest warrant earlier Tuesday, which was issued out of Clay Superior Court.

The charges stem from a recently released audit examination report of the city by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) and investigation by Indiana State Police Criminal Investigative Division at the Putnamville Post and ISP Det. Sam Stearley.

Webster is linked in the SBOA report to unauthorized vendor payments, plus overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007 and Nov. 21, 2008.

The SBOA reviewed financial information from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2009, and, after finding negative balances and discrepancies, the examiners went back to analyze records from previous years in an attempt to uncover any other inconsistencies.

The joint investigation took nearly five months.

A total of $19,550.54, which includes a $6,500 reimbursement to the State of Indiana for additional audit costs incurred due to the investigation and approximately $11,500 in public funds allegedly diverted for personal use, was attributed to Webster's alleged mismanagement of public funds

According to the official report, Webster signed a promissory note Aug. 6, 2009, to repay restitution in installments of $100 a month. Payments were made in September and October 2009, but none since. The report also cited Webster had filed bankruptcy, but did not disclose when that took place.


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All right everyone...go ahead...be judge and jury. Lets her all your negativity. I just know that people with no lives, love to watch all the drama. People who don't have a clue will still go throwing mud.

God Bless.

-- Posted by Alex1213 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:13 PM

We all need to know the truth. As tax paying citizens we are entitled to have our elected city officials conduct themselves properly. I just wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:22 PM

What about the mayor? Is she going to just slide right by??

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 8:27 PM

Oh, Brazilians........what's next?? Man.

-- Posted by EYN1962 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 9:02 PM

what do you mean. sorry to be so dense.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:10 PM

now we know why nothing is fixed in this city!!! it would be nice to drive down a road and not have to have your car worked on..

-- Posted by brazilhome26 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 6:03 AM

How disgusting!!!

-- Posted by tsl2010 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 7:31 AM

We keep forgetting the mayor asked for the audit when felt checks where written to her illegally. call the state board of accounts. the news media does not always tell the whole story.

-- Posted by grays on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:27 AM

We keep forgetting the mayor asked for the audit when felt checks where written to her illegally. call the state board of accounts. the news media does not always tell the whole story.

-- Posted by grays on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:27 AM

In response to this:

All right everyone...go ahead...be judge and jury. Lets her all your negativity. I just know that people with no lives, love to watch all the drama. People who don't have a clue will still go throwing mud.

God Bless.

-- Posted by Alex1213 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:13 PM

Welcome to the club, ALEX. (My negativity follows)

BRAZILRES2003 is right, a promissory note DOES admit guilt. I sure as h*ll wouldn't sign one if I was innocent of the accusations.

As for paying back $19000+ at $100/mo .. do the math. It would take over 16 years to pay it back. Possibly her financial woes are what caused Ms. Webster to take money that didn't belong to her.

Of course, it obviously didn't make a dent, if she ended up filing bankruptcy anyway.

She could have used some of that BOND MONEY toward her debt, instead of using it to get out of jail. She'd only have 185 more months to pay on it.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:30 AM

Even is she is innocent her lawyer will probably tell her not to take a chance on a trial and will tell her to plea bargain - I have seen this song & dance before.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 1:54 PM

I just love reading all the garbage, its like comic relief. If I am the General Officer in charge of my troops and one or more screw up then I pay the price also. So you folks get the picture? I get relived of my duties.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:33 PM


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