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Indiana County Treasurer Charged with 47 Felonies

April 15, 2014
 

Delaware County Treasurer John Dorer was arrested Monday on 47 criminal charges that accuse him of repeatedly mishandling, and in one instance stealing, county funds.

Dorer, 50, Muncie, surrendered to Indiana State Police investigators on Monday afternoon, less than an hour after Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold's office filed the charges — 44 counts of failure to properly deposit public funds, and individual counts of theft, official misconduct and conversion — in Delaware Circuit Court 1.

Dorer — a Democrat elected treasurer in 2008 and re-elected four years later — was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $400,000 bond.

Arnold also filed a civil suit against the treasurer that alleges "the immediate removal of John Dorer from the office of Delaware County treasurer is needed to preserve and protect the integrity of the office as well as the assets of the taxpayers of Delaware County."

Dorer's defense attorney, Donald McClellan, was present when his client surrendered Monday afternoon at the back door of the Delaware County Justice Center.

"Dorer vehemently denies these allegations," McClellan later told The Star Press. "He believes he did nothing wrong."

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