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Monroe sentencing scheduled for late October

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

A former Wabash City Wastewater Billing Department employee will be sentenced later this month after pleading guilty to stealing more than $150,000 during her tenure.

Angelina Monroe, 39, pleaded guilty to theft as a Level 5 felony Oct. 1. She is set to be sentenced in Wabash Circuit Court Oct. 29.

According to the probable cause filed by Indiana State Police Det. Joshua Maller, charges against Monroe were filed after the Indiana State Board of Accounts provided information regarding a theft investigation. Maller wrote the information indicated Monroe’s computer was utilized to backdate cash payments posted to customers’ accounts after transactions for the day were balanced and closed as a method to conceal the payments never being deposited. The process had been repeated 112 times from Sept. 5, 2013 to May 9, 2017 and totaled $152,127.54, according to SBOA.

Maller wrote that he spoke with one of Monroe’s colleagues regarding Monroe’s personal finances and expenditures. Monroe reportedly purchased a new Jeep in 2016, remodeled her home and purchased new furniture for it; moved from Wabash to Sharpsville and purchased all new furniture for the home; had a liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation, all of which she said were paid for by a loan; and made three or four trips to Florida, according to the probable cause.

The investigation found Monroe had opened multiple checking and savings accounts into which she reportedly made large deposits, including one in which she deposited $33,000 between Feb. 18, 2016 and May 9, 2017, according to the probable cause.

Time records indicated Monroe was the only department employee who worked on dates when missing batches were recorded, according to the probable cause.

A Level 5 felony in Indiana is punishable from one to six years of incarceration. The state recommended sentence is three years.