Former Curtiss Leaders Charged with Theft, Misconduct in Office

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

Two former Curtiss village leaders are accused of changing minutes for a meeting in October 2011 and giving each other unapproved raises.

Former village president, Arlan Hamm, 75, and former village clerk, Deborah Krauter, 65, were both charged Monday in Clark County Circuit Court with felony misconduct in office and theft.

According to court documents, Hamm received more than $15,000 stemming from a raise not approved by the Village Board. Krauter reportedly received an hourly raise of twenty-five cents from 2011 until her resignation in September 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, Hamm and Krauter also received reimbursement for mileage that was allegedly miscalculated.

During an interview with authorities Krauter said she felt bullied by Hamm.

Both are free on $2,500 signature bond.

Hamm has requested a new judge. Future court date will not be set until one is assigned.

Krauter will return to court on May 7.

A booking photo of Arlan Hamm is not available

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