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Angie Lawson Sentenced To 20 Months In Federal Prison For Embezzling County Tax Dollars

Staff Report

Angie Lawson Angie Lawson Former Owen County auditor Angela Lawson, 57, of Gosport, was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison on October 28th by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence after her conviction on five counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funding.

“The citizens of Owen County deserve elected officials whom they can trust to be fiscally responsible and to do the right thing,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler noted in a press release. “When that trust is betrayed, it shakes the foundation of our democracy and weakens the effectiveness of local government.”

Lawson served as the elected auditor of Owen County from 2005 through 2012 and as chief deputy auditor from January 2013 through August 14, 2014. She also served as an Owen County Council member from January 2013 through December 2014.

Lawson’s employment gave her the authority to make public expenditures on behalf of Owen County through a credit card account at Walmart.

During her time in office, she had access to separate credit cards which were issued to various authorized buyers. Over the period March 1, 2010, through December 31, 2014, Lawson stole nearly $310,000 and used it to pay personal expenses that included food, alcohol, gift cards, toys, jewelry and vacations.

The loss totals included $36,720.18 in 2010, $56,376.04 in 2011, $80,847.03 in 2012, $79,240.51 in 2013, and $56,415.04 in 2014.

The investigation was a collaborative effort between the United States Postal Inspection Service, Indiana State Police, Indiana State Board of Accounts and Special Prosecutor Robert Cline.

According to Drug and Violent Crime Chief Bradley Blackington, who prosecuted the case for the government, Lawson must serve three years of supervised release after her sentence and repay over $300,000 in restitution.

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