MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – Delaware County could be in financial trouble. New documents from the prosecutor’s office said the State Board of Accounts is “unable to state the financial position,” of the county.
County treasurer, John Dorer, faces 46 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge for not properly depositing public funds.
It’s still unclear how much money, if any, is actually missing, but what is known is that the Delaware County Treasurer is in jail. Monday morning, a warrant was issued for Dorer’s arrest and hours later, he surrendered.
Delaware County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold said Dorer has been under investigation “about eight months.” “There were 46 counts filed,” Arnold said.
The majority of the charges against Dorer stem from not depositing public funds in the bank on time.
“The Statute in Indiana requires a treasurer of every county, once they receive public funds into their office, they are required to make a deposit of those funds by the end of the next banking day,” said Arnold.
What’s also alarming, according to court documents, is that during the investigation the Indiana State Board of Accounts couldn’t determine if money was missing.
24-Hour News 8 left a message for a county commissioner, but haven’t heard back.
Prosecutor Arnold said back tracking it all would be difficult. “If the State Board of Accounts can’t do it, I don’t know how you do it.”
“There’s no excuse for it,” said Philip Corey of Muncie. Corey has lived in Muncie for 58 years. He said he’s shocked by what’s happened. “It’s not right, the money should have been deposited when it was supposed to be deposited.”
Arnold said Dorer is also facing a civil suit, requested by the Indiana State Board of Accounts. That suit is to remove Dorer from office.
“It’s certainly not a good day for Delaware County when these type of new stories break and these kind of charges are filed,” Arnold said.
Dorer is in the Delaware County jail on a $400 thousand bond. He’s scheduled for a bond hearing and an initial hearing Wednesday morning.
As for who will be running the Treasury office, 24-Hour News 8 has been told employees in the office will be a taking care daily business.