2015-10-27 / Front Page

Former County Auditor To Appear In U.S. District Court Wednesday

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Former county auditor, deputy auditor, and county councilwoman Angie Lawson is shown during her time as auditor in 2011. (Staff Photo) Former county auditor, deputy auditor, and county councilwoman Angie Lawson is shown during her time as auditor in 2011. (Staff Photo) Former Owen County auditor, deputy auditor, and county councilwoman Angie Lawson is scheduled to appear before Judge William Lawrence at the U.S. District Courthouse in Terre Haute at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28.

Anyone wishing to attend the court proceeding will be required to show a photo ID and pass through a metal detector and screening process before being granted access to the hearing in Room 131.

Lawson faces five counts of theft, alleged to have occurred from March 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014. Any theft prior to 2010 is beyond the statute of limitations.

She was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at her home Dillman Road home and indicted in mid-February, but was released on her own recognizance.

According to a petition to plead guilty filed on her behalf by Terre Haute attorney

Jessie A. Cook on June 11, 2015, Lawson has received a copy of the indictment, read and discussed the document with Cook, and understands every accusation made against her.

The petition additionally notes no government representative at the state, federal or local level has promised or suggested she would receive a lighter sentence, probation or form of leniency if she pleads guilty.

“I hope to receive probation, but am prepared to accept any punishment permitted by law which the court may see fit to impose,” she attested. “However, I respectfully request the court consider in mitigation of punishment at the time of sentencing the fact that by voluntarily pleading guilty, I have saved the government and the court the expense and inconvenience of a trial. I understand that before it imposes sentence, the court will address me personally and ask me if I wish to make a statement on my behalf and to present any information in mitigation of punishment.”

In the petition, Lawson notes she wishes to plead guilty as charged to counts one through five of the indictment. She also requested and consented to a pre-sentence investigation by the probation officers of the United States district courts prior to the entry of her formal plea.

During her time as county auditor from 2005 through 2012, Lawson had the authority to authorize public expenditures on behalf of Owen County. She continued her alleged behavior as chief deputy auditor from January 2013 through August 14, 2014. Additionally, she served as an at-large member of the Owen County Council from January 2013 through December 2014.

Alleged loss totals include:

•2010 – $36,720.18

•2011 – $56,376.04

•2012 – $80,847.03

•2013 – $79,240.51

•2014 – $56,415.04

A conviction would bring a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in prison (50 years total) and a maximum fine on each of the five counts of up to $250,000 ($1.25 million).

The U.S. District Courthouse in Terre Haute is located at 921 Ohio Street.

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