ELWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says state police investigators have recommended that criminal charges be filed against a central Indiana mayor over the spending of campaign money for personal expenses.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says he'll have to decide whether to request appointment of a special prosecutor to consider the case against Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold and that it could be a few weeks before a charging decision is made.
Arnold's attorney, Bryan Williams, said mistakes were made, but the mayor had no criminal intent.
Arnold's campaign finance records show about $7,000 in spending for cellphone service and nearly $4,000 for cable TV. The records also show payments to hotels in Los Angeles, Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee.
The Republican was elected mayor in 2011.