Ex-Street Employee Faces 12 Felony Charges

Jason Morris

A former city of Richmond employee who served time in jail before being hired could be heading back behind bars.

Julie Smitson was released from an Indiana prison Aug. 2, 2004, after serving six months for theft and receiving stolen property. She had admitted to stealing money from her employer, Guide Corporation, in Madison County, Ind.

She was hired Oct. 7, 2004, by the city of Richmond to work in the street department.

Smitson, who is still on probation for the Madison County conviction, is charged in a Wayne County court with 11 counts of theft and one count of official misconduct. All are Class D felonies.

If convicted, she will most likely return to prison next year.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, in charging documents filed last week, alleges Smitson, 43, of 1401 S. Fourth St., while serving as office manager at the Richmond Street Department, charged more than $2,500 worth of garden supplies, tools and other items without authorization and diverted them for personal use.

Smitson was fired by the city June 12. She was arrested by Richmond police Thursday and taken to the Wayne County Jail, where she posted 10 percent of her $20,000 bond and was released.

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