According to Indiana State Police Putnamville Post officials, at approximately 5 p.m., Friday, detectives served a Clay County arrest warrant to Paul H. Hackett, 62, Brazil, former Van Buren Township Trustee.
Hackett was transferred to the Clay County Justice Center. Bond was set at $10,000, with no 10 percent allowed.
Hackett was preliminarily charged with nine felony counts, including one count of Forgery (a Class C felony) and eight counts of Theft (all Class D felonies).
Hackett served as the Van Buren Township Trustee from 2007-10.
The investigation was initiated by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBA). According to information provided by state police officials, in May 2010, SBA contacted state police "alleging numerous township checks had been issued and signed by Paul H.Hackett for personal gain, all during his time as the elected Van Buren Township Trustee."
According to state police officials, some of the "personal gain" items included home utility bills, vehicle repair bills, automobile payments, personal credit card bills and other personal items.
An audit ensued after SBA received an inquiry from a utility company about a township check allegedly received from Hackett to pay on a personal account.
The SBA report states that through township assistance checks, Hackett allegedly funneled the money for personal gain. Additional audit costs of $22,721.88 runs the total to $93,745.09.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times Clay County Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers approved a probable cause affidavit via telephone.
"Through the state police investigation, the allegations are the result of the determination of SBA that funds may have been used by Mr. Hackett for his own personal gain," Reberger said.
The case was investigated by ISP Det. Sam Stearley with assistance from ISP Sgt. Troy Stanton, Trooper Jim Cruse, SBA and Reberger.
According to state police officials, more charges could be added at a later date.