VERSAILLES – Sunman clerk-treasurer Kristina Schneider, 55, pled guilty to the charge of public official misconduct and was sentenced Nov. 1 in Ripley County Superior Court by special Judge Jon Webster of Jennings County Circuit Court.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Dec. 13, 2012, in Ripley Superior Court, an audit of the town’s financial records was completed by the Indiana State Board of Accounts in June 2012. The document stated Schneider had used the town’s credit card for eight personal purchases totaling $1,786.02 in 2009; seven purchases totaling $1,317.65 in 2010 and two purchases adding up to $525.20 in 2011.
She also refunded the entire amount to the town May 24, 2012, and paid audit expenses to the ISBA for the same amount, the affidavit revealed.
One of the decisions that had to be made at the sentencing was whether she would be charged with a Class D felony or the lesser Class A misdemeanor. Her attorney, Robert Ewbank, Lawrenceburg, called Wayne Jenner, Sunman Town Council president, to the stand first.
He said he has known Schneider for at least 25 years. “She has served the town quite well and really works hard. She is responsible for many of the activities we have done and grant projects to improve the town. She goes above and beyond.”
When asked if he thought the clerk-treasurer should continue on in her position, he responded, “I think it was just a very bad judgment on her part.”
Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel pointed out, “There is a very large contingency from the town of Sunman who would like to see her removed” from her clerk-treasurer position. He handed Jenner a petition and asked how many residents signed the document.
However, Ewbank noted, “We don’t know if there are individuals on the list who didn’t know what they were signing, and we don’t know if they are all citizens.”