10. Sunman clerk-treasurer Kristina Schneider, 55, pled guilty to the charge of public official misconduct and was sentenced Nov. 1 in Ripley Superior Court by special Judge Jon Webster of Jennings Circuit Court, the newspaper reported.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Dec. 13, 2012, in that court, an audit of the town’s financial records was completed by the Indiana State Board of Accounts in 2012. The document stated Schneider had used the town’s credit card for eight personal purchases totaling $1,786 in 2009, seven purchases totaling $1,318 in 2010 and two purchases adding up to $525 in 2011.
She refunded the entire amount to the town May 24, 2012, and paid audit expenses to the ISBA for the same amount, the affidavit revealed.
At the sentencing hearing, the defendant apologized “to the court, my fellow citizens and certainly to my family and friends ... My mishandling of the credit account was unprofessional. This past year has taken its toll on me both physically and emotionally ....” Webster entered a judgment of a Class A misdemeanor and one year of reporting probation.
Schneider resigned from the position she had held for 23 years by letter Nov. 21. A Ripley County Republican Party caucus appointed Chelsea Eckstein as the new clerk-treasurer. Her first day of work was Dec. 9.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.