INDIANAPOLIS — A Chicago attorney accused of pocketing insurance checks intended for her Gary clients has voluntarily given up her Indiana law license, rather than face possible disciplinary sanctions by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Ruth Ann Batey acknowledged in her resignation from the state's bar that she is the subject of an attorney misconduct investigation and could not successfully defend herself if prosecuted, according to court records.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Batey's resignation terminates the attorney discipline proceedings.

But Batey also now is barred from seeking permission to again practice law in Indiana for five years, and must demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of her remorse, rehabilitation and fitness to practice law to regain her license, Rush said.

Illinois attorney registration records show Batey was last authorized to practice law in that state in 2013.

In June, Batey, 47, was charged in Lake County with Level 5 felony theft for allegedly keeping $88,750 in vehicle accident insurance settlements that were supposed to be paid to her clients, Shane and Robin Bolde, who both are Gary police officers.

Court records show the omnibus hearing for Batey's case has been rescheduled three times. It's currently set for Jan. 16.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.