COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - A Columbus budget notice incident launched a criminal investigation in March.
A top-ranking Columbus official admitted that he forged an email from our partners at the Republic. Fred Barkes says he forged the email in order to secure Indiana's approval of the 2013 budget plan.
Barkes has served as a trustee for ten years. On March 22, he admitted to Republic employees that he created the phony email to the budget consultant.
Barkes, 67, said he failed to properly publish the budget notice and was nervous funding would be at risk as a result of his error.
Barkes forwarded the email to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.
His email said The Republic took responsibility for his error, our partners at the Republic report.
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