Ex-County Auditor Accused of Stealing Funds Sued by Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a former county auditor accused of stealing nearly $350,000 in public funds to spend on personal items.
 
The Herald Times reports a state audit released last week says Angie Lawson used Owen County credit cards to buy food, alcohol, toys, jewelry and other items between 2009 and 2014.
 
Lawson was also indicted by a federal grand jury Friday on charges of five counts of theft linked to the audit's findings.
 
The attorney general's office is seeking to recover roughly $486,000 from Lawson. It's asking for damages to be tripled, which is allowed by state law in civil cases involving misuse of public funds.
 
A message was left with an attorney representing Lawson.