Former Whitley County auditor Jenny R. McGuire was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in jail Monday on charges of theft and official misconduct after stealing more then $100,000 from the county and $25,000 from the Indiana County Auditors Association, but 18 months for official misconduct was suspended.
McGuire's attorney, Seth Tipton of Avilla, had asked that she be sentenced to four years on the theft charges, with two years suspended, and that she be placed in work release in Whitley County so she could earn money to repay what she owes. She has found a job working in a factory.
Judge James Heuer ordered McGuire to report to the Whitley County Jail at 6 p.m. Friday and agreed she could enter work release if there is room for her. McGuire could be free within two years.
Tipton noted that McGuire has repaid the county all but $1,500, and when she is able to sell her home she should be able to repay the Auditors Association what she owes it.
McGuire took the money by using county credit cards for purchases and cash advances, writing checks and opening an account at Home Depot in the county's name.
She spent money on home improvements, cell phone bills, hotels, vacations, restaurants, retail stores and online stores.