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Martinsville employees indicted for using village finances for meth production

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Carole Robinson, 74, being arrested by Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies (Courtesy of Wilmington News Journal) Carole Robinson, 74, being arrested by Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies (Courtesy of Wilmington News Journal)

Three village of Martinsville employees were indicted on Wednesday on charges including theft in office.

Clinton County detectives began investigating the village's finances after multiple complaints were made alleging corrupt activity by multiple people with access to village funds.

The investigation revealed that 74-year-old Carole Robinson knowingly allowed both her friend, Patience Camberger, and her grandson, James Robinson, to be paid regular salaries despite never performing any work for the village.

Investigators say that Carole Robinson also allowed her grandson to spend tens of thousands of dollars of village funds on personal expenses, including supplies for cooking methamphetamine and automotive equipment.

Search warrants executed by authorities uncovered four meth labs run by James Robinson, including one located in the village pump house on State Route 134.

Investigation revealed that the three suspects, and at least two others who are also under investigation, improperly spent more than $100 thousand of village funds between 2008 and 2013.  

Carole Robinson, Martinsville Village Council President, has been charged with engaging in corrupt activity, tampering with records, theft in office, dereliction of duty and having unlawful interest in public contract.

James Robinson, 33, has been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft in office and three drug related charges.

Martinsville Village Administrator, 35-year-old Patience Comberger, has been charged with theft in office.

The three suspects were taken to the Clinton County Jail following their arrest. Police say that additional suspects will face charges in the future.

The case will be prosecuted by Clinton County Prosecutor Richard Moyer's office. 

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