Jasper man charged for embezzlement from nonprofit

From Local Sources

Mark Schmitt
Photo courtesy atticin.org

EVANSVILLE – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Tuesday that Mark A. Schmitt, 65, of Jasper, has been charged for allegedly embezzling money from a Knox County nonprofit.

The official federal charge in U.S. District Court is theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

As set forth plea agreement filed on May 31, Schmitt was an assistant director and accountant for ATTIC Incorporated, a nonprofit organization located in Knox County, that received federal funds for its programs that assist disabled individuals in the community. During his tenure from May 1, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, Schmitt transferred approximately $98,000 from the nonprofit to a personal account he controlled and used for his own benefit.

“Violating the public trust will not go unpunished,” Minkler said. “Intentionally securing public funds for personal gain is unacceptable. This charge should serve as an example of the fate individuals who commit these crimes can expect.”

The investigation was conducted by the Evansville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who is prosecuting the case for the government, the defendant faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In October 2017, Minkler announced a strategic plan designed to shape and strengthen the district’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the office’s enduring commitment to investigating.

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