Former Jonesville clerk-treasurer serving jail time

A former Jonesville clerk-treasurer who stole town funds over a seven-year period has been ordered to jail.

After failing to make restitution payments for almost a year, Melissa Schultheis, 43, of 206 Market St., Jonesville, was ordered Thursday by senior judge Stephen Heimann to spend 30 days in the Bartholomew County Jail. That order came eight years after Schultheis receivedĀ a suspended 15-year sentence.

Since the court order provides considerations including good time credit, as well as the eight days she served in jail nine years ago, Schultheis is expected to spend no more than a few weeks behind bars.

However, modifications to her probation are likely to result in “significant changes to her lifestyle going forward,” Bartholomew County prosecutor Bill Nash said.

While Schultheis was originally supposed to remain on probation until 2024, Heimann ordered Thursday that the suspended sentence be extended another three years.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.