Van Wert County Auditor, deputy auditors indicted for felony charges

Three Van Wert county officials were arraigned in court Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say the charges stemming from the three allegedly breaking into the County Treasurer's office.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 10:12 PM

Van Wert County Auditor Philip Baxter and two of his deputies all appeared in Van Wert County court Wednesday morning.

Baxter Julienne Rolsten and Juliann Zinn all plead not guilty to charges stemming back to May of 2019.

"There were reports made that there was a breaking and entering into the treasurer's office after hours without permission," says special prosecutor to this case, Gwen Howe-Gebers.

Court documents charge Baxter with felony reaking and entering, intimidation and unauthorized use of property.

Rolsten is also charged with breaking and entering and unauthorized use, in addition to tamperig with records.

Zinn has only one charge of breaking and entering.

"The fact that it involves a public official, I was a little taken aback by that," sas Howe-Gebers. "The facts are what they are, and we presented it to a grand jury to determine the probable cause and they came back with the indictments."

All three are still employed by the County.

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