INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A newspaper is reporting that top officials at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles knew for years that they were overcharging residents for driver’s licenses and other fees.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1BGLzjk ) that officials did nothing to return the extra money until someone filed a class-action lawsuit in 2013.
The newspaper says the state overbilled residents more than $60 million between 2007 and 2013.
Among those who’d been informed of the overcharges were former BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell and his chief of staff, according to emails obtained by The Star.
Waddell received a spreadsheet from a deputy BMV director identifying 17 overcharges two years before giving sworn testimony claiming he’d known nothing about the problem.
State officials have characterized the overcharges as an innocent mistake.
BOONVILLE (AP)-A Boonville woman has pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with the death of a man whose body was found at the Alcoa plant in Warrick County.
Jade Stigall appeared in Warrick Court Superior Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal. In exchange for the guilty plea, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a firearm charge were dismissed. Stigall will be sentenced on April 9th.
The 24-year-old Stigall was charged in the death of 35-year-old Joseph Nelson of Martinsville. Warrick County authorities say Stigall and 3 other men (David Lackey Jr, Mathew McCallister, and Shawn Grigsby) met Nelson at the Fairfield Inn in Evansville during the overnight hours of February 20th, 2014. The group then led Nelson to an area along a railroad track on Boonville-New Harmony Road. Nelson was shot once in the head after being told to kneel with his hands behind his back. Authorities say Nelson’s body was loaded into a coal car after the shooting and his body was found at the Alcoa plant at around 8:15 am on February 20th.
Grigsby pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder charges last July and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Lackey Jr and McCalister are still awaiting trial on murder charges.
ROCKPORT, Ind. (AP) – State regulators have revoked an air permit for a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in Spencer County at the request of the plant’s developer.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management informed Indiana Gasification LLC on Thursday that its air permit had been revoked for the plant. The plant would have turned coal into synthetic natural gas at a site near Rockport.
IDEM’s letter says New York-based developer Leucadia National Corp. asked the state to rescind the permit because construction of the coal-gasification plant had never begun.
A state contract signed during former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration committed Indiana to buying the plant’s synthetic gas for 30 years and reselling it to consumers.
The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the company’s state contract with the Indiana Finance Authority in December 2013.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) – A prisoner who authorities say overpowered a guard and escaped from a prison transport van in Georgia has been apprehended in Indiana.
Cartersville police Maj. Mark Camp said Wednesday that 42-year-old Sean Killion of Winslow was recaptured near Ellettsville, Indiana.
Cartersville police Lt. Rich Hawley has said Killion shoved the guard and ran away after the van stopped outside a gas station on Feb. 4 in Cartersville, about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta.
Hawley said the female guard chased and caught up to Killion, but he broke away after a struggle.
Killion was being taken in the private prison transport van from Florida to Indiana to face federal drug charges when authorities say he escaped.
Camp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/16TOPQM) Killion was arrested in Indiana by federal and state law officers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The hackers who stole millions of health insurance records from Anthem Inc. obtained the credentials of five different employees to try to penetrate the network, and may have been inside the system since December, the company says.
Hackers stole names, social security numbers and other information for up to 80 million Anthem customers. The company has said one of its computer administrators discovered on Jan. 27 that an outsider was using his security credentials to log in to Anthem’s system. Investigators now believe the hackers somehow obtained credentials of five different tech workers, possibly through email phishing attempts.
Anthem spokeswoman Kristin Binns said Friday that an attempt on the network was made Dec. 10 that had the same hallmark as the breach discovered last week, but the network’s security deflected that attempt. Binns says the data was stolen sometime after that.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana has received federal approval to expand Medicaid to cover 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program that supporters say increases participant responsibility.
Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the state’s request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0.
The plan builds off the Healthy Indiana Plan that began under former Gov. Mitch Daniels. The initial program currently enrolls some 60,000 low-income Indiana residents.
Consumers enrolled in HIP 2.0 will make optional contributions and have a hybrid health savings account.
Pence in July submitted his HIP 2.0 proposal to federal officials as an alternative to a traditional expansion of Medicaid.
The costs will be covered with revenue from Indiana’s cigarette tax, hospital fees and federal Medicaid funding.
SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a pregnant Sullivan woman who went missing in November.
Authorities say 32-year-old Johnus Luke Orr of Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of murder in the death of Tiffanie Adams. Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom says Orr is Adams’ stepbrother.
The 20-year-old Adams was reported missing on Nov. 7. She was last seen on November 5th walking from her father’s home to her mother’s house, nearly one block away. Her body was found Dec. 30 by a farmer harvesting corn in a field northeast of Sullivan. Authorities say she was almost 8 months pregnant at the time of her death.
Sullivan County Prosecutor John Springer has not released details of the case against Orr, who is jailed without bond.
Anyone who may have more information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post at (765)-653-4114 and talk with Detective Michael Taylor. You can also report the information to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom at (812)-268-4044.
All callers can remain anonymous.