Community group’s ex-director charged with theft

Matthew Hendrix (Provided Photo/IMPD)
Matthew Hendrix (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee has been accused of stealing more than $96,000 of the community group’s money.

Matthew Hendrix was arrested Thursday on charges of forgery and theft.

The Marion County prosecutor’s office says Hendrix was fired from his position in March after a personal expense of more than $5,000 was reported on the organization’s business credit card account. Prosecutors suspect Hendrix paid fictitious vendors out of various program funds.

Hendrix’s attorney, Jim Voyles, declined comment to The Associated Press.

Prosecutors believe Hendrix took money intended for programs such as the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards Program, Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness and the Office of Education Innovation.

Hendrix has been director of the group since 2009.

The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee released the following statement on Thursday:

“We are extraordinarily disappointed in the situation that led to the charges filed against Matt Hendrix yesterday. We considered Matt to be a part of the GIPC family since he began in 2008. We know of course that other institutions far larger and more sophisticated than GIPC have been harmed by this type of malfeasance before, yet the sting of these actions is very painful. We commend our Interim Director John Ryan, and Brooke Thomas our Deputy Director, who have done yeoman’s work in this matter while at the same time remaining engaged and laser focused on moving us forward with our many meaningful initiatives, as GIPC has for nearly 50 years.”

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