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PALMYRA, Ind. (WDRB) -- A grand jury has indicted a member of the Palmyra, Indiana town board, along with her husband and three other past or present town officials on charges related to welfare fraud.
The Harrison County prosecutor says Palmyra Town Board member Virginia Kirkham is accused of receiving improper unemployment benefits from January of last year to April of this year.
The indictment says the others are accused of conspiring to pay money to Kirkham's husband so that she could continue to receive unemployment.
"These people were elected by their peers," says Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk. "They were indicted by their peers, and now they're going to be convicted or acquitted by their peers, so I think that's important for elected officials to -- if you're going to be in the public eye, you're going to be a public office holder, you need to be accountable for the public."
It is not yet clear when they are to appear in court on the charges.