- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A former Indiana township trustee and his wife have been sentenced in federal court for the misappropriation of public funds.

Frank Mejean and wife, Antonnette, both of Carlisle pleaded guilty last year to three counts of wire fraud. They were accused of defrauding Sullivan County by overpaying their salaries every year as well as overcompensating contracts. The couple submitted false financial documents to the State Board of Accounts to cover up the scheme, which allegedly netted $124,000.

Frank Mejean served as Jefferson Township trustee from 2009 to 2013. Antonnette was employed as the township clerk and township investigator at the time of the fraud.

The 51-year-old Mejean was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. His 48-year-old wife was sentenced to three years of probation.

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