Hedrick receives probation for stealing from Chamber

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A former Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce employee was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation Monday after being convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.

Abigail J. Hedrick, 26, Waynetown, pleaded guilty in Montgomery Superior Court I to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of theft and two felony counts of counterfeiting. In a plea deal, multiple remaining charges were dropped. Hedrick has made full restitution of more than $21,000 to the Chamber.

Special Judge Stephanie Campbell ordered Hedrick to perform 150 hours of community service each year of the sentence and write apology letters to the Chamber and her family. Campbell was appointed from Fountain County after Judge Heather Barajas recused herself earlier in the case.

Hedrick, who was the Chamber’s executive assistant, wrote more than a dozen checks to herself from the Chamber’s gift certificate account using the former executive director’s signature in 2019. She was arrested after the board treasurer discovered the checks.

Hedrick offered a tearful apology before the sentence was handed down, calling her actions selfish.

“I am completely and totally embarrassed,” she said, reading from a statement as her husband and other family members sat in the courtroom.

Hedrick was ordered not to hold positions handling money while on probation.

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