On Thursday, December 28, 2017, a former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department employee was arrested on numerous charges related to the theft of money from the department’s commissary account that occurred during his employment.
The investigation began on November 15, 2017 when Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace contacted the Indiana State Police after discovering missing money from the department’s commissary account which holds bond money received by inmates.
Troopers Nate Adams and Andrew Garrett, Indiana State Police-Versailles District then began an investigation into the theft of the funds. The six week investigation ultimately led to the arrest of Andrew Horine, age 33, Madison, Indiana on charges of Corrupt Business Influence, Level 5 Felony, Obstruction of Justice, Level 6 Felony, Official Misconduct, Level 6 Felony, Theft (7 counts), Level 6 Felony, Theft, Class A Misdemeanor. An arrest warrant was issued today on the charges out of the Jefferson County Superior Court. Horine was arrested at his residence in Madison, Indiana this afternoon without incident.
Horine was a Jefferson County Jail Employee from September 2007 until his termination in December 2017. He served as the jail commander who handled the commissary accounts for part of his employment with the sheriff’s department. The investigation determined that Horine pocketed bond money from at least 14 bond accounts with a total in excess of $7,500. The investigation is ongoing which may lead to more missing funds and possible additional charges.
According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Prosecutor D. J. Mote,
“Sheriff John Wallace promptly notified the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Indiana State Board of Accounts upon discovering the misuse of cash bail funds. Both the Sheriff and the Jefferson Circuit Clerk, Tabatha Eblen, have been fully transparent during the investigation, and have gone to great lengths to assist the Indiana State Police in their efforts to resolve this complex case.”
The Indiana State Police was assisted in the investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.