School Board Member Pleads Guilty To Felony Fraud
By Mike Perleberg
(Greensburg, Ind.) – A member of the Switzerland County Community Schools Board of Trustees has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.
Tammy Hayes was arrested in August 2013 after being arrested on a warrant out of Decatur County for Fraud on a Financial Institution (Class C felony) and Theft (Class D felony).
Hayes, a former loan mortgage originator for Greensburg-based Main Source Bank, is accused of taking about $48,000 of the bank’s customer appraisal fees through a scheme that spanned from January 2010 until April 2013.
A conditional plea agreement was filed Thursday in Decatur County Superior Court that would see Hayes plead to the Class C felony Fraud charge punishable by two to eight years. The Theft charge would be dismissed.
Other terms of the plea agreement were not disclosed in online records. It’s unclear if Hayes would be permitted to retain her seat on the school board. Her term runs through 2016.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for November 24. Hayes’ sentencing hearing will happen on December 15 in Decatur County.