Former Elizabeth clerk faces 12 felony charges
Twelve Class D felony charges were filed recently against former Elizabeth Clerk-Treasurer Adrian L. Hall, including six counts of theft and six counts of official misconduct.
On four separate occasions, Hall submitted false mileage claims in which he was reimbursed a total of approximately $530.28, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Hall filed the four mileage claims that he drove his personal vehicle to specific destinations, and he was paid the amount submitted without the consent of the town council. However, during an investigation, it was determined Hall did not drive to the claimed destinations.
In July 2010, Hall wrote a check to Verizon Wireless for $74.58 for his personal cell phone bill invoice. The check was written from the town of Elizabeth’s general fund account without permission from the town council, the document states. Hall allegedly did the same the following month.
The affidavit made no mention of the amounts of misappropriated funds found in an audit released earlier this year. The largest sum, $6,500, stemmed from payments made to Suzy Bass without the town council’s approval, for financial work, and $1,140 to Aaron Calloway for accounting work.
Other audit failures included 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 ‘ some $2,500 worth ‘ owed to the Indiana Dept. of Revenue.
The Indiana State Board of Accounts ordered Hall to pay back a sum of just less than $9,000 to the town.
‘The town will pursue all avenues at its disposal to recover all public funds which were issued by former Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Hall in violation of Indiana Code,’ Burns said.
Hall’s attorney, Larry Wilder, accompanied Hall as he turned himself in Dec. 9 at the Harrison County Jail.