Federal prosecutors: Former Center Township employee embezzled $66,000

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 9, 2015) – Friday morning, federal prosecutors announced the arrest of a Center Township employee after accusations that she embezzled roughly $66,000 in public funds.

Carmen Batts-Porter, daughter of Indiana State Rep. Gregory Porter, was arrested Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say she is a “representative payee” for Social Security. This means, when someone receives Social Security Income benefits and isn’t able to manage them, as in the cases of foster children, for example, a representative payee is appointed by the Social Security Administration.

Center Township manages about $1 million in representative payee accounts, according to prosecutors. Batts, they said, is one of three employees there who handle the money. Since 2010, she is accused of embezzling about $66,000 in representative payee money. Instead of applying the money to the benefit of the beneficiaries, prosecutors say she paid off credit card bills.

Batts-Porter is the second Center Township employee charged with embezzlement.

The first was former Chief Financial Officer Alan Mizen. In July, 2014, FBI agents arrested Mizen. He is charged with embezzling $343,000 in trustee funds in the summer 2010. He faces ten years in prison if convicted.

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