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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Gail Povaleri, a 24-year veteran Bartholomew County court reporter who resigned last fall, was arrested by the Sheriff's Department and charged with five counts of felony theft on Wednesday night.
Povaleri, 63, has been accused in a bill of information filed by Prosecuting Attorney Bill Nash of submitting false claims that led to her being paid nearly $4,000 for transcripts of criminal hearings in Superior Court I that she allegedly never bothered to actually type or submit to Indiana appellate courts.
Nash said he was saddened by the turn of events. Povaleri was a fixture around the courthouse until she resigned Aug. 30, 2012. She worked more than two decades for former Superior Court I Judge Chris Monroe, who lost a re-election bid last fall and is now in private practice. Monroe was defeated at the polls by newly installed Judge Jim Worton, a former Columbus police chief who took office on Jan. 1.
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