Indiana State Police (ISP) arrested a former Jennings County Deputy Clerk and Auditor Thursday on 37 counts of Thefts and nine counts of Forgery, all Felonies.
ISP Versailles Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says the investigation that led to the arrest of 40-year-old Cathy Jo Robertson, of North Vernon, began in 2013 when an audit of the Jennings County Clerk and Auditor’s Offices determined funds were missing. He says that audit also determined that unauthorized checks were issued when she worked for both offices. Investigators say that between January 2009 and April 2011, when Robertson was employed as a deputy clerk in the Jennings County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, she allegedly diverted over $61,000 from that office into her possession. The investigation also alleges that, between July 2013 and October 2013, Robertson allegedly forged checks in the amount of over $3,500 when she worked for the Jennings County Auditor’s Office.
Wheeles says that after the investigation was concluded by Detective Tim Denby, it was turned over to the Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office. That led to an arrest warrant being issued Thursday through the Jennings County Circuit Court. Wheeles noted that Robertson turned herself in at the Jennings County Jail at approximately 3:30 p.m. the same day.
Wheeles says that Robertson is being held on a $25,500 bond. He adds that she will have her initial appearance in the Jennings County Circuit Court on February 29th at 11 a.m.