FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — An attorney for Clinton County Sheriff Wealthy Kelly has filed a grievance with the Indiana Supreme Courtroom.
As Information 18 described, a specific prosecutor billed Kelly and his wife, Ashley, with felony charges of conflict of interest and formal misconduct in link to an alleged plan to profit from jail commissary income.
The criticism is a private doc submitted with the condition supreme court’s disciplinary fee and was shared anonymously with Information 18.
Kelly’s attorney, Brian DeHem, claims Clinton County Prosecutor Anthony Sommer and county legal professional Thomas Tiny “colluded and utilised their respective positions in an try to personally and politically harm” the sheriff.
At the centre of the jail scandal is whether or not Kelly filed the appropriate conflict of interest types when he employed his wife as jail matron and contracted with Leonne LLC to regulate commissary services.
As Information 18 reported, the Kellys formed the company shortly ahead of the sheriff took office environment.
In the grievance, DeHem claims Very little assured Kelly “the arrangement was appropriate” but failed to file the paperwork with the State Board of Accounts, spurring an investigation by point out auditors.
“Lawyer Very little encouraged that the arrangement was appropriate, legitimate, and authorized, and Lawyer Small also affirmatively agreed to ‘set up’ and ‘take treatment of’ the arrangement. Additionally, Lawyer Small affirmatively agreed to file the conflict-of-interest disclosure and nepotism sorts, if any, necessitated by the arrangement. He additional indicated that he had performed identical solutions for prior sheriff administrations and represented that the two the Matron and Commissary Manager arrangement were flawlessly satisfactory and appropriate.”
The criticism also describes textual content messages from Minor to Kelly in December 2018, soon just before the sheriff took business office.
“Legal professional Small adopted up with Sheriff Kelly and confirmed his arrangement to handle the Matron and Commissary Supervisor arrangement, as well as file the necessary conflict and nepotism forms, by stating: ‘Hey Wealthy, this is Tom. Shoot me your dwelling handle when you get a possibility. I will need it for the conflict of interest doc.’ Sheriff Kelly responded with his deal with, and Lawyer Very little replied with a (thumbs up emoji). Hence, Sheriff and Mrs. Kelly were certain that Legal professional Little, as a competent and effectively-this means legal professional, would acquire the vital and advised steps.”
DeHem also accuses Very little of submitting a fake document purporting to be a commissary report that “contained a lot of accounting and mathematical problems.” The doc is stated as “Show A” in an October 2021 movement to dismiss a civil situation also submitted by the county towards Kelly.
Information 18 reached out to Minor but hasn’t listened to back.
“Exhibit A is not the report submitted by Sheriff and Mrs. Kelly instead, it is the similar report offered by Prosecutor Sommer. Neither Minimal nor Sommer have stated how this report was exchanged concerning them, or why they both misrepresented its authenticity.”
DeHem states Sommer previously supplied the doc to a Frankfort journalist. Sommer responded to the allegations in a assertion to Information 18.
“The doc showed the greenback amounts that the Sheriff’s Business office experienced reported in its Commissary Report, which include the amounts that had been paid out to Ashley Kelly from late April through June of 2021. I encouraged (the reporter) to validate the info with the (County) Council and the Sheriff’s Business office. The doc was not ‘fake.’ It was a Council doc authored by Council President Alan Dunn. The document experienced not been produced by the felony investigation or the audit. It was a doc regarding county funds that could have assisted (the reporter) with accuracy in his reporting about the Commissioners.”
DeHem also accuses Sommer of “secretly strongarming information sources to avoid the publishing of any tales favorable to Sheriff and Mrs. Kelly.”
In his statement, Sommer denies all those statements but admits he met with the Frankfort reporter to go over a possible correction to a tale.
“The paperwork use vibrant language to check out to persuade a reader that I ‘strongarmed’ a reporter to ‘alter and control’ the media narrative. … The complaint prepared by a Noblesville legal professional is made up of further accusations. I decline to remark on issues that issue an ongoing felony prosecution.”
Dave Kuhnz, a spokesperson for the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, claims grievances ensuing in a formal misconduct charge are submitted on the state’s public courtroom internet site. No formal charges ended up filed as of Friday afternoon.
Kunz notes Minor and Sommer are in very good standing with no previous disciplinary heritage.
The entire criticism and Sommer’s reaction are posted under.