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Ex-Milltown clerk guilty of theft


March 27, 2013
Evanelle Goss, who served as Milltown clerk-treasurer from 2008 through 2011, pled guilty and was sentenced in Crawford Circuit Court on a Class D felony theft charge earlier this month.

Per the agreement, signed March 14 by special judge Elizabeth Swarens, Goss received an 18-month sentence to the Indiana Department of Correction with 535 days suspended and five days executed with good time credit of five days and probation for one year. A second count was dismissed.

In addition to associated probation fees, Goss must pay $267 in fine, fee and court costs. However, the court did not order her to pay restitution to the Town of Milltown.

Goss became the subject of an investigation after a State Board of Accounts audit of the town's finances for the two-year period between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, discovered some alleged irregularities.

Goss, who did not seek re-election, is accused of having overpaid herself $8,895.38 between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, as well as having used $160.72 of town money to purchase a cell phone and service agreement plan. The audit also stated there is no record of proper deposit of collections in the amount of $818 and ordered her to repay the town the $9,874.10 total.

Prior to filing the charges, the special prosecutor, Barry S. Brown of Monroe County, who was appointed by Crawford County Judge Lynn Lopp, had said they do not reflect the scope of Goss' alleged criminal conduct but were representative and would hold her accountable for her misdeeds.

Arrested July 24 on theft and official misconduct charges, Goss was represented by public defender Lester Shelton of English.

If Goss successfully completes the terms of her probation, her sentence will be amended to a Class A misdemeanor.

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    March 28, 2013 | 01:21 PM

    What political party does Goss belong to?

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    March 30, 2013 | 09:06 PM

    Must be nice to have a job where you can spends the towns money however you want and not have to pay the town back.

Barbara Shaw
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