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UPDATED: Webster receives formal charges

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tracy Webster
Formal charges have been filed against former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Tracy Webster, 42, Brazil, in Clay Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.

Webster turned herself in at the Clay County Justice Center Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued on allegations she mishandled municipal funds while employed with the City of Brazil.

On Wednesday, Webster was formally charged with one class C felony Forgery and three class D felony Theft charges.

The charges stem from a five-month joint investigation by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) and Indiana State Police Criminal Investigative Division. According to the SBOA report, Webster was allegedly involved in unauthorized vendor payments, plus overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007 and Nov. 21, 2008.

Although the SBOA investigation was initially a review of financial information from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2009, after finding various negative balances and discrepancies records from previous years were reviewed in an attempt to uncover any other inconsistencies.

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.

ISP Det. Sam Stearley presented a 15-page probable cause affidavit to the prosecutor's office, which was used by Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger to determine which charges to file in the case.

According to court documentation, an initial hearing has been scheduled in Webster's case for March 7.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg...

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 8:20 AM

I assume that the mayor should be arrested as well since she also received similar money under questionable circumstances. I'm Just Sayin.....

-- Posted by always amazed at brazil bs on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 4:38 PM

Did I miss something here?!? The Mayor should be arrested?!? WHAT!!! When her chief of police was caught stealing, he was let go & charged!! Now, unless I missed something this Webster woman was also caught & charged.. Seems to me like she must have somebody or herself doing something right!!! just imagine how much was stolen when that cheifs uncle was our mayor!! K. Crabb is a fine man but I'm sure if he knew it was overlooked!!! I'm just sayin...

-- Posted by nascarfans on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 6:30 PM

I don't understand the remark about Mayor Crabb. The incident didn't take place while Mayor Crabb was Mayor. Why drag his name through the mud. Assumptions can destroy a person. Are you also accusing his nephew of stealing while Mayor Crabb was in office? I really think I must not be reading nascarfans correctly. I don't understand the comment Please explain. Thank you.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 11:02 PM

The important thing here is to connect all of the dots with the illegal activities. If it begins and ends with Webster, so be it. If not, Lee Reberger and the Indiana State Police needs to be proactive and get everyone involved charged and removed from office. This is a complete and utter embarrassment to the city of Brazil. I cannot think of a time where we have had any mayor that did not create scrutiny for their actions. It is time for someone to step forward, clean up the mess in the mayors office and do what is right for Brazil.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 9:41 AM

Whew Weee...., Nascarfans, you seem to have a personal issue with the former chief (harrison). What connection do you have with this administration, or personal issue.

First, you need to get your facts straight.

Second, I believe that the Crabb administration ran pretty smooth and did not have any issues with the SBOA or accounts in general, or with any department head. I don't recall Harrisons name being mentioned in this current issue with them.

Didn't the issue come up about the current mayor and clerk obtaining computers for personal use, by using the police department account.?? She did not address this issue. Isn't this mis-use of public funds. I do not recall such headlines, even many years back, to other administrations which have been brought up.

-- Posted by happytrails1 on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 3:16 PM

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