GREENFIELD — Former Spring Lake Town Council President Mary Sweetland has accepted a diversion agreement with the prosecutor’s office in her criminal case, meaning she no longer faces a felony charge of conflict of interest.
Prosecutors will not pursue the felony charge against Sweetland, who hired a relative to do work for the town without filing disclosure paperwork, provided the former public official comply with the diversion agreement. That arrangement includes mandatory community service hours.
A diversion agreement in a criminal case works much the same way as a diversion agreement for a traffic citation; if the offender abides by the terms, the offense doesn’t go on their record.
Sweetland came under fire last year when the Indiana State Board of Accounts forwarded an audit to the Hancock County prosecutor’s office for review, noting Sweetland failed to disclose that she hired her husband on multiple occasions to do work for the town without filing legally required conflict-of-interest forms.