CHESTERTON – An accounting director at the Duneland Chamber of Commerce faces charges of theft and conversion for more than $ 11,000 in funds acquired between late 2019 and early 2020.
Sarah Potrzebowski, 40, of Chesterton, is accused of exercising unauthorized control over money belonging to the House by pocketing funds collected from vendors at the town’s European market and other cash payments between on September 12, 2019 and January 15, 2020. The money stood at $ 11,0118.05, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Porter’s Superior Court.
A certified public accountant reviewing the House’s banking records first alerted authorities on February 2 to the missing funds, according to the records.
Potrzebowski was charged with theft and conversion misdemeanor in the Porter County jail on Wednesday, and has since been linked.
Potrzebowski has a first hearing scheduled for June 2. Online files did not indicate that Potrzebowski was still represented by defense counsel.
“It is unfortunate that this arrest has affected our organization,” said Maura Durham, president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. “As a non-profit organization, we take our financial responsibilities seriously and have taken the necessary steps to ensure that wrongdoing has been found, rectified and protected for the future.”