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Police search home of Owen County employee suspected of credit card misuse

August 22, 2014

By Laura Lane, Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.

Aug. 22--Detectives on Thursday searched the home of Owen County Council member and auditor's office employee Angie Lawson as they continue an investigation into possible financial improprieties in the Owen County auditor's office.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil confirmed that state police officers went to the home of Larry and Angie Lawson on Country Club Road near Spencer with a search warrant. He said he did not know what, if anything, was seized from the home. No one was arrested.

Robert Cline, the Morgan County deputy prosecutor appointed special prosecutor in the case, would not say anything about the search or the outcome. He said all warrants and related documents in the case have been sealed by a judge and are not available for the public or press to see.

He said the investigation could take some time. State Board of Accounts auditors have been in the county courthouse office reviewing financial records.

Lawson, a Republican, has worked in the auditor's office since 1999, and currently is seeking the office of county clerk in the November election. She defeated incumbent clerk Jeff Brothers by 167 votes.

Earlier this month Lawson, who was the elected Owen County auditor from 2005 through 2012, was suspended with pay from her job pending the outcome of the investigation, which officials have said may involve misuse of credit cards.

Since the suspicion of missing funds arose, all county departments have been ordered to stop using county-issued credit cards and the accounts have been frozen, Owen County Attorney Richard Lorenz said.


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