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Former clerk-treasurer receives sentence

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tracy Webster
A former City of Brazil employee was sentenced recently.

According to court documents, former City of Brazil clerk-treasurer Tracy Webster entered a plea of guilty on two charges of theft Oct. 23.

Both charges were class D felonies. According to court documents, the court dismissed a class C felony Forgery and one class D felony theft count after both parties involved reached a guilty plea and sentencing recommendation, which had been filed by both parties prior to the Oct. 23 hearing.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times Owen County Circuit Court Judge Frank Nardi entered both counts as misdemeanors. Reberger said this was done because since both counts were D felonies and there was no prior criminal history, both counts could be entered as misdemeanors.

Reberger said as part of the sentencing hearing, Webster was sentenced to one year for each count, with all time suspended but for time previously served.

Reberger said overall, he was pleased with the result.

"I was, because a term of her probation is that she complete 180 days of electronic home detention," he said, "and another requirement of the plea is she pay the outcome of the restitution in full on the day of sentencing and she did so."

Webster had faced formal charges of class C felony Forgery and three counts of class D Theft, stemming from a five-month investigation between the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The initial investigation concluded Webster was allegedly involved in a total of $19,550.54 of unauthorized vendor payments, in addition to overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007, and Nov. 21, 2008, while employed in the Brazil City Clerk-Treasurer office.

The case had been venued to Owen County in July 2011 after the state and defense counsel came to a transfer agreement.

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be a city employee and do something wrong and do zero time in the dept of correction.if it was typical joe q.public with several mouths to feed hed be doing 20 yrs.congradulations lee reburger,you have once again shown clay county citizens what kind of prosecuter you are.maybe the current city administrators such as wyndam had a hand in your decision for the plee agreement,only fitting as he and the rest of city hall is fixing on ripping off citizens of brazil for a well undeserved pay raise as i dont see where they deserve it.what say you reburger,why not look into the mayors office and see if there isnt some violation such as nepotism going on.nepotism is against the law in indiana or is a matter of who greases your palm the best as to who does what in brazil,let alone clay county

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 12:30 AM

I don't think anyone is surprised at this outcome .. either the guilty plea or the sentencing. This IS Brazil after all. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 11:47 AM

She didnt do anything that Karen Mcqueen or Ann Bradshaw didn't do. They got to pay back what money they took,and they did not do any time. So best of luck Tracy with the rest of your life. Hold your head up high.........

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 8:37 PM

First: unclygrabby, you must not understand the sentencing guidelines for a misdemeanor(s). Consider what it costs the taxpayers to incarcerate an individual. The fact is, she now has a criminal record.

Second: TiredofIdiots, I agree with what you said; they should have charged all three. Nevertheless, look at what the proud citizens of Brazil turned around and did....they elected Bradshaw back on the council. Talk about, in my opinion, ignorance.

Brazil will continue to have problems like this if the citizens continue to elect (or reelect) the same politicians they have had in office for the past few years. They (politicians) just keep shuffling from position to position, spreading their cancerous practices as they go. The politicians say they have the people's best interest at heart, yet they vote themselves pay raises, city paid medical helicopter transport and paid insurance. The voters, either aren't aware of what is happening or are either just stupid or ignorant (and there is a difference), and continue to perpetuate this incompetence by voting for or re-electing them to office. The city's water mains continue to break and only a select few streets get repaired. Where is the preventative maintance program? Look around as you drive the street of Brazil, either city codes are not in place (or they aren't being enforced). Junk vehicles and refrigerators sitting in uncut, unkept, trash filled yards. Dogs and cats running loose and inconsistent signs everywhere you look.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 9:43 PM


-- Posted by car11 on Tue, Oct 30, 2012, at 12:25 AM

Dillinger would get a monument on the County CourtHouse law if Lee didn't have to prosecut the case

-- Posted by twolong1short on Tue, Oct 30, 2012, at 2:49 PM

what a slap on the wrist this was. just what does this teach our kids? "go ahead, kids and take what you want from the city government and nothing will happen to you but a slap on the hands"? forgiveness needs to happen but so does repentance and restitution it seems that has not happened yet. maybe later, I hope.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 11:08 AM

I think TiredofIdiots is probably right. She was just the scapegoat. No, I really do not know any of those involved. I met both Tracy & Karen once but did not interact much with them. So much for friends having your back.

-- Posted by indianamama on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 1:18 PM

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