Charges were formally filed against LaGrange Town Clerk Mike Rowlison last week.
According to court documents, Rowlison is charged with two counts of Theft, a Class D Felony, and one count of Official Misconduct.
The charges stem from an investigation by the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department after the department was contacted by town officials. The documents filed with the charges note that Town Board President Mark Eagleson, Town Marshal Rich Snyder and Town Attorney Bill Eberhard met with investigators to report that items were missing from the town.
Officers searched Rowislon’s home on November 13 and reportedly found a portable battery pack and tailgate lift system that were labeled as being “for or belonging to the town of LaGrange.”
Rowlison was later interviewed and made a voluntary statement admitting that he had purchased “goods and services with the Town of LaGrange’s credit card or on the Town of LaGrange accounts for his own personal gain.” Court documents state that Rowlison admitted to making these purchases to avoid paying sales tax on the items.
Rowlison also reportedly told investigators that he was unable to say how many items he had purchased and taken for his own personal gain, but that he had been doing this for 3 to 5 years.
The case has been assigned to Special Prosecutor Thomas Wilson, with an initial hearing set for Monday, December 10 at 3 p.m.