S. Indiana official stole for meth
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A former Vanderburgh County deputy auditor pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $28,000 in taxpayer money, saying he needed the cash to buy methamphetamine for a habit that began while he worked 16-hour days processing tax bills.
Todd Hochstetler was sentenced Wednesday to four years in a county work-release program. He earlier paid the county $30,088 in restitution, which covered the costs of the investigation.
Hochstetler was the county's chief deputy auditor until Auditor Bill Fluty fired him in May.
Around that time, Fluty discovered Hochstetler had used his position to fraudulently generate property-tax refund checks totaling nearly $28,000, prosecutors said. The refund checks were issued for a duplex that Hochstetler and his girlfriend rented but did not own.
"I used meth as a crutch to help me through the long days and nights," Hochstetler wrote in a letter to the court. "Because of my behavior, I developed financial problems as well. I abused the public trust by obtaining money from public funds."
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Does anyone else see the seriousness and extended reach of this drug? If you read the entire story, you will find that at least they are also going to put him through drug treatment! This is absolutely necessary and that is not even a guarantee that meth users will not go back to the drug!!!