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.