Hedrick pleads ‘not guilty’ to theft charges

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Accused of stealing nearly $22,000 as an employee of the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce, Abbi Hedrick, 25, formally entered a plea of not guilty during her initial hearing Tuesday inside the Montgomery County Courthouse Superior Court I.

Hedrick has been charged with 15 counts of theft and 15 counts of counterfeiting after allegedly writing more than a dozen checks to herself from the Chamber’s gift certificate account last summer.

The Chamber terminated Hedrick as an employee Dec. 6, 2019.

Hedrick also allegedly used a stamped signature of former executive director Rick Hernandez to authorize the checks, which ranged anywhere from $609 to $4,038.

Asked if she understood the charges presented to her Tuesday by Superior Court I Judge Heather Barajas, Hedrick simply replied, “Yes.” She also said she was not suffering from mental illness.

Each count of theft and counterfeit, all level 6 felonies, carry a sentence of “no less than six months and no more than two and one-half years” in jail.

A jury trial for Hedrick has been set for 8:30 p.m. May 12.

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