Ex-Hammond city clerk employee ordered to repay money

2014-03-11T18:30:00Z 2014-03-11T21:55:13Z Ex-Hammond city clerk employee ordered to repay moneyMatt Mikus matt.mikus@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 6:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A former city clerk official will be required to repay more than $11,000 to Hammond City Court and the state.

Debra Scott, a former senior clerk with Hammond City Court, will be required to repay $11,184. She was charged in October 2013 with theft and official misconduct, both Class D felonies.

In April 2013, the city clerk's office discovered a tampered docket and a duplicate receipt that was found to be fraudulent.

Scott's access to the docket and files was prevented, and she was dismissed from her position April 30.

A report released March 6 by the Indiana State Board of Accounts determined the amount Scott would be required to pay back.

Of the total, $4,306 will cover funds that were not deposited correctly. Another $3,775 covers the court cases that were dismissed without an action by the city court or prosecutor. 

"Since a dismissal would require an action by the court or prosecutor, either fees were collected and not recorded or deposited, or the fees were waived without authority," the report states.

The final $3,103 covers the costs of the state conducting the audit.

The Indiana attorney general's office and the Lake County prosecutor's office received a copy of the report.

Bryan Corbin, spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the state will serve as the collection service for the city.

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