Former Greene County Center Township Trustee arrested for misappropriating $58,000 in funds

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GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Stephen C. Durham, a former Greene County Center Township Trustee, has been arrested for official misconduct and theft after a lengthy criminal investigation, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Matt Ames reported Wednesday.

In August 2018, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Detective Tony Guinn was assigned an investigation, after requests from authorities, to look into possible misuse or misappropriation by Durham that took place from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018. Guinn, a detective with the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit, was assisted by Lynne Spencer, a senior special investigator from the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

After a complete audit and an execution of four search warrants, the findings revealed that over $58,557.02 of funds had been misappropriated for purchases that did not come to or have any benefit to Greene County Center Township or its citizens.   

Greene County Prosecutor, Jarrod Hotsclaw, asked for a warrant to be issued for Durham’s arrest after a complete review of the investigation. A warrant was issued by Greene County Superior Court on Nov. 17, 2020. Durham was arrested on the active warrant by troopers of the Indiana State Police on Wednesday and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he is being held on a $24,000 bond with 10% allowed. 

He is charged with three counts of official misconduct of a public servant and three counts of theft, both Class 6 Felonies.

Sergeant Troy Stanton of the Indiana State Police Organized Crime Unit/Special Investigations and Lynne Spencer, a Senior Special Investigator with the Indiana State Board of Accounts were assisting officers.

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