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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Jasper Man Charged with Embezzling Money From a Knox County Non-Profit Organization

     EVANSVILLE – Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, announced today that Mark A. Schmitt, 65, of Jasper, Indiana, has been charged with Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds.

     As set forth in the Information and Plea Agreement filed on May 31, 2019, Schmitt was an Assistant Director and Accountant for ATTIC Incorporated, a non-profit organization located in Knox County, Indiana that received Federal funds for its programs that assist disabled individuals in the community. During his tenure from May 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, Schmitt transferred approximately $98,000 from the non-profit to a personal account he controlled and used for his own benefit.

     "Violating the public trust will not go unpunished," said Minkler. "Intentionally securing public funds for personal gain is unacceptable. This charge should serve as an example of the fate individuals who commit these crimes can expect."

     The investigation was conducted by the Evansville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     According to Assistant United States Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who is prosecuting the case for the government, the defendant faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

     An Information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

     In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the Office’s enduring commitment to investigating and prosecuting those who engage in fraud and violate the public trust. See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan 5.3.

Updated June 4, 2019