Sullivan County—Following a lengthy investigation by Indiana State Police Special Investigations, the former treasurer of the Southwest School Corporation in Sullivan County, Amy Kinnett, has been charged with one count of Official Misconduct, a level 6 felony. Kinnett surrendered to Indiana State Police around 9:00 this morning and was booked into the Sullivan County Jail.
The ISP investigation began on August 18, 2017 when ISP Special Investigations Detective Sergeant Troy Stanton met with representatives from a private forensic audit unit, hired by the Southwest School Corporation to review financial records, after allegations of possible wrongdoing were levied against Kinnett. During both the ISP and forensic audit investigations, evidence arose indicating Kinnett utilized the SSC (Southwest School Corporation) credit card during years 2015 through 2017, for personal use, including purchases for bridal, hotel, grocery, telephone, and clothing, totaling over $6,000. Kinnett is also alleged to have one, removed cash from various envelopes in the custody of the treasurer’s office totaling over $1000 and two, possessed several checks payable to SSC that were not deposited within one business day of receipt, as required by Indiana law. During this investigation, Kinnett made substantial restitution efforts to the SSC.
No other information will be released at this time. No additional charges or information is anticipated.
The case was investigated by ISP Special Investigations Detective Sergeant Troy Stanton. Assisting were Senior Prosecutor David Thomas (Appointed as Special Prosecutor).
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.