I have said before that Walmart is not responsible for the crimes committed by others inside the stores or in the parking lots. As the ubiquity and banality of Walmart increases, however, the logic of those who gravitate to Walmarts to do wrong is without blemish. Take the extreme case of Angie Lawson.
Owen County [Indiana] Council member Angie Lawson, suspected of bilking the county of hundreds of thousands of dollars by using county credit cards to purchase everything from liquor to panties to $500 Visa gift cards, touts her experience, credibility and dedication to public service in a biography asking voters to choose her in November’s county clerk election. “She believes that as a community we must all work together and as elected officials we must remain accountable to the community and taxpayers,” it reads. “She is a proven leader, and has proven her ability to effectively administer an elected position and to communicate effectively for the good of the community and the office she has served.” Lawson, 56, is being investigated on suspicion of illegal use of county-issued Walmart credit cards. Preliminary Indiana State Police reports indicate Lawson went on shopping sprees often, sometimes spending more than $2,000 in one transaction. In court documents unsealed last week by Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams, an ISP detective alleges Lawson diverted the Walmart bills to a post office box she shared with her husband and daughter, then issued online check payments using electronic signatures without sending the bills through her office and on to the county commissioners for review.
Hundreds of thousands? In a Walmart? Yep.
A southern Indiana county is suing its former auditor, seeking nearly $1.2 million stemming from what the suit calls "acts of malfeasance." Former Owen County Auditor Angie Lawson has not been charged, but her attorney tells The Herald-Times Lawson is the subject of an FBI investigation. The suit names Lawson, her husband, Larry Lawson, along with her 15 aliases, as defendants. It's seeking the recovery of $1.18 million in public funds, or three times the $400,000 found missing from county coffers so far by an ongoing State Board of Accounts audit.
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