FORT WAYNE (8-26-22) – Katina Miller, 50 years old, of Montpelier, Indiana (formerly of Bryant), was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady on her plea of guilty to wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Miller was sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $86,755.39 in restitution.

According to documents in the case, Miller was the Trustee of Bearcreek Township, located in Jay County, Bryant Indiana between January 2015 and December 2018.  As the Trustee, Miller was responsible for the financial processes of the Township.  Miller violated her fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of Bearcreek Township by converting public money for her own personal benefit.  The investigation revealed Miller had embezzled $86,755.39 by using Bearcreek Township bank accounts to make cash withdrawals and purchases for personal and unauthorized transactions. 

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Indiana State Board of Accounts.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith.