The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Friday:
“INDIANA STATE POLICE
1500 N. Packinghouse Road, #200
Bloomington, IN 47404
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sergeant Michael Wood
Public Information Officer
March 4, 2022
Clerk of the Brown County Circuit Court Charged with Official Misconduct, Deception, and Theft
Brown County – Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Makowsky with the Organized Crime and Corruption Section was assigned an investigation in June of 2020, after requests from authorities to look into official misconduct by Brown County Clerk, Kathy L. Smith.
This investigation began when Smith failed to provide receipts for a voucher that she submitted to the Auditor in May and June of 2020 after utilizing a County issued credit card. When the receipts were obtained there were questionable purchases made that did not appear to be for use in the Clerks office. Further investigation revealed that Smith allegedly made several other inappropriate purchases for a personal advantage that failed to have any benefit to Brown County Government or its citizens.
After a complete review of the investigation by M/Trp. Makowsky, the Brown County Circuit Court issued a warrant on March 4, 2022. Smith surrendered herself to the Sgt. Ryan Miller and Trooper Jeremy Cox of the Bloomington State Police District at the Brown County Jail later in the day where she was held on a $1,000 bond.
Arrested and Charges: Kathy L. Smith, 49 years old, Morgantown, IN
- Official Misconduct of a Public Servant, Level 6 Felony
- Deception, Class A Misdemeanor
- Theft, Class A Misdemeanor
An arrest photo and/or information about Smith’s current jail status may be obtained from the Brown County Jail.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.