Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ausherman is sentenced to prison time

February 28, 2006

Shelley Ausherman was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia for her role in the disappearance of more than $100,000 from the Willow Springs Township coffers.

Ausherman, whose husband, Bruce Ausherman, was treasurer at the time the money went missing, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in the fall of stealing more than $114,000 during a two-year period by falsifying township checks. She will also pay the money back, she said Tuesday morning.

"I've done wrong," Shelley Ausherman said. "I'm sorry. I'm worried about my kids. I am going to serve five months in prison, but not five months in a halfway house. It will be house arrest. We're paying the whole thing back."

According to court records, Shelley Ausherman wrote township checks to "T.C.," which was her Tauy Creek farm. When the checks came back, she altered them to show they'd been used for other payments, records show. The checks were written between October 2002 and December 2004.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation because Willow Springs had received a $69,943 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That made the theft a federal offense.

The Signal will have a complete story in Thursday's edition, which will be available at news stands and dealerships throughout Baldwin, including Baldwin City Market and Santa Fe Market.

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