A suburban Indianapolis township trustee has lost his office after pleading guilty to charges he used fire department money to pay his rent.
A Marion County judge on Monday refused Lawrence Township Trustee Mike Hobbs’ request that his conviction be entered as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The felony conviction automatically forces Hobbs from office under state law.
Hobbs pleaded guilty to the charge of official misconduct, admitting that he used a $500 check from the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department to pay his apartment rent.
The judge sentenced Hobbs to a year on probation and 80 hours of community service.
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