Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Former Elizabeth clerk-treasurer owes nearly $9K

by Ross Schulz

October 15, 2013

Former Elizabeth Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Hall owes the town nearly $9,000, according to a recently completed audit from the state board of accounts.

Hall was in the position from 2008 to 2011.

The audit states that Hall misappropriated funds and also used taxpayer money to pay for personal expenses, including his personal cell phone bill.

Hall also claimed mileage for three trips, two to Daleville, home of Keystone Software System, which the town uses, and one to Indianapolis.

"Information provided indicates that Mr. Hall did not actually travel to Daleville as he submitted on the reimbursement claims paid on Aug. 22, 2009, and Sept. 5, 2009, and therefore, was not entitled to be reimbursed for the mileage claimed," the audit states.

Two monthly personal cell phone bills were also wrongly charged to the town.

"Member of the town council stated they did not authorize these payments and that Mr. Hall never submitted any claims or claim dockets for approval that contained these payments," the audit said.

The largest chunk of money Hall owes to the town stems from payments made to Suzy Bass totaling $6,500, which were made without the board's approval, for financial work, and $1,140 to Aaron Calloway for accounting work.

Other failures include the annual report for 2010 not being filed until Dec. 28, 2011; town receipts in the amount of $46,428 were not reported; town disbursements in the amount of $28,787 were not reported; and receipts of the water utility operating fund were overstated by $2,278,400, among others.

The cash balance of the general fund was overdrawn by $17,945 and $13,837 at the end of 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Current clerk-treasurer and town manager Hugh Burns said the town had to file a civil suit against Hall in 2011 to force Hall to issue checks for taxes owed to the Indiana Dept. of Revenue, some $2,500-worth.

"After attempts to contact Adrian L. Hall ... by phone failed, a certified letter was sent to Mr. Hall on April 23, 2013, informing him that the examination had been completed and granting him the opportunity to attend an exit conference to discuss our findings," the audit concluded. "Mr. Hall signed for the certified letter on April 27, 2013, but never made any contact to indicate that he wished to attend an exit conference."

The town owes the water utility more than $65,000, Burns said, an amount which will take the town more than five years to pay back.

Burns said he has contacted state and county prosecuting officials regarding the matter but nothing has yet been done.

Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said his office received the State Board of Accounts audit last week and is currently investigating the matter.