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Town officials now face federal charges

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Some former Chesterfield town employees accused by the Indiana Attorney General of defrauding their town government now face federal charges.

Christopher Parrish, of Chesterfield; James Kimm, Joseph Brown, and Willard A. Felts, all of Anderson, were indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court Tuesday for theft of federal program funds following an investigation by the FBI and Indiana State Police. Felts wasn't named in the state suit.

An Oct. 26, 2009, audit by the State Board of Accounts found Parrish, Kimm, Brown, and brothers Christopher and James Walters defrauded taxpayers out of nearly $260,000 by getting paid for false mileage reimbursement claims and other phony claims, as well as hours they never worked in 2007 and 2008. The state filed charges against the men and two insurers in late November seeking repayment of the public funds and payment of employee-theft insurance Chesterfield took out on the employees in 2007 and 2008.

At the time of the scheme, Parrish was the town's clerk-treasurer; Kimm was a town marshal; Brown was a part-time police officer, and Felts allowed Parrish to use his name to create false invoices. Christopher and James Walters were town maintenance employees who were paid for repair work they never did.

The men face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count; Parrish is charged with three; Kimm faces two charges; and Brown and Felts each face one count.

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  1. As one of the many consumers affected by this breach, I found my bank data had been lifted and used to buy over $200 of various merchandise in New York. I did a pretty good job of tracing the purchases to stores around a college campus just from the info on my bank statement. Hm. Mr. Hill, I would like my $200 back! It doesn't belong to the state, in my opinion. Give it back to the consumers affected. I had to freeze my credit and take out data protection, order a new debit card and wait until it arrived. I deserve something for my trouble!

  2. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  3. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  4. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  5. Different rules for different folks....

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