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A former Michigan City school official has been swooped up with former Gary Community Schools Corp. Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and 13 others in a statewide public corruption crackdown.

Nicole DeMunck, 35, of Michigan City, was serving as treasurer of the school district's AK Smith Center when she allegedly stole approximately $13,000, according to an announcement from Josh Minkler, United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

The case against DeMunck is pending in LaPorte County.

Pruitt, 50, is accused of receiving a $1,257 "reimbursement" for funds that she never spent, Minkler's office said.

"Public officials work for the people not the other way around," Minkler said. "When the trust we give them is shattered and public officials line their pockets with taxpayer dollars, they should expect the scrutiny of state and federal law enforcement. All citizens deserve better from their public officials and this office intends to hold them accountable."

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.