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Cloverdale Woman Pleads Guilty In Putnam County To Forgery Charge

Investigation Found Theft Of $38,000 In Five-Year Time Span
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Kimberly A. Wright Kimberly A. Wright A Cloverdale woman charged with two counts of theft totaling $38,125.85 recently plead guilty in Putnam County Circuit Court to a lesser charge of forgery.

An Indiana State Police investigation discovered 46-year-old Kimberly A. Wright spent money on personal expenditures while serving as the office manager for the Stardust Hills Owners Association and as treasurer of the Cloverdale Main Street organization between February 2007 and February 2012.

A probable cause affidavit provided by the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office notes, “Wright took full and sole responsibility for her actions and stated no other member or members benefited in any way as a result of her independent actions.”

Wright was initially charged with two Class D felony counts of theft, as well as a Class C felony charge of forgery. According to Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter, the plea agreement orders Wright to make full restitution to both organizations.

According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by ISP First Sergeant Scott Stockton, he was contacted by a Stardust Hills Owners Association board member on February 9, 2012 regarding a significant shortfall in the organization’s checking account. The board member noted the account bal- ance was approximately $19,000 in early January, but had dropped to just $1,300 by month’s end.

The board reportedly requested an explanation from Wright, who was unable to provide an answer. Wright later told Stockton she had made “several poor decisions regarding purchases she had made with credit cards, as well as checks entrusted to her.” Wright admitted to making purchases for gift cards, paying her residential electric bill, her personal cell phone bill, her mortgage payment, clothing, school supplies, Christmas gifts, a microwave oven, a digital camera, a Kindle e-reader, two wireless Internet routers, personal cleaning supplies and food. She did, however, also use cash for payments made towards association dues and user fees for use of the owners association’s clubhouse.

Wright also admitted to taking money from the Cloverdale Main Street organization totaling $4,600.

A Class C felony carries an advisory sentence of four years in prison.

A sentencing hearing before Putnam County Judge Matthew Headley is slated for 10:00 a.m. on March 2nd.

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