Cases draw state action

Five years after a state audit found more than $2,300 had been taken from the county animal shelter, none of the money has been paid back.

Cheryl Long, a former interim director of the Johnson County Animal Shelter, owes money that she never deposited into the bank for the animal shelter. Long took the money to pay for personal expenses with the intent of paying it back, but that never happened. In 2012, the state attorney general won a civil lawsuit against Long to get that money back.

Almost two years after winning the lawsuit and almost five years since the money was taken, nothing has been paid back. Now, the state has filed a motion to find Long in contempt of court. If she doesn’t show up to court hearings, she could be sent to jail, said Bryan Corbin, spokesman for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

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