Former Jackson County Treasurer Arrested for Theft
A former Treasurer for the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District turned herself in to authorities Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Noel Houze with the Indiana State Police says 50-year-old Rebecca Lauster of Brownstown surrendered at the Jackson County Jail after an Indiana State Police investigation resulted in six counts of Theft, all Class D Felonies. According to Detective Rachel Eickholtz, in November of 2012 a request was made by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office for an investigation into allegations that Lauster, who also served as District Coordinator with the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, misappropriated funds from her office.
Following an audit by the State Board of Accounts, the investigation revealed Lauster allegedly made numerous unauthorized personal expenditures and excess expenses on the business account credit card in an amount of over $13,000. In addition, the investigation also alleges that Lauster opened a second unauthorized business credit card account by forging the board president's signature. She allegedly left that account with an outstanding balance of $7,900, which resulted in the theft charges.
Lauster is no longer employed at the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District.