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Understanding Indiana Ghost Employment 35-44.1-1-3 and How B. Hicks Law Can Help You


When it comes to the world of criminal defense, few areas are as intriguing as "ghost employment." Ghost employment refers to a specific offense covered under Indiana law, as detailed in IC 35-44.1-1-3. It's a matter of grave concern for public servants and individuals employed by governmental entities. In this blog post, we will delve into the depths of ghost employment, its legal implications, and how B. Hicks Law, a leading criminal defense law firm, can assist you in addressing such matters.


What is Ghost Employment?


Ghost employment is a serious legal issue, and IC 35-44.1-1-3 defines it as a Level 6 felony. This statute outlines the following key aspects of ghost employment:

(a) Hiring and Failing to Assign Duties: A public servant who knowingly or intentionally hires an employee for their governmental entity and fails to assign any related duties commits ghost employment.

(b) Assigning Unrelated Duties: Similarly, if a public servant knowingly or intentionally assigns unrelated duties to an employee under their supervision, it also constitutes ghost employment.

(c) Accepting Property Without Assigned Duties: An individual employed by a governmental entity who accepts property from the entity, knowing they have not been assigned any duties, commits ghost employment.

(d) Accepting Property for Unrelated Duties: Furthermore, a person employed by a governmental entity who knowingly or intentionally accepts property from the entity for the performance of duties not related to its operation is also guilty of ghost employment.

(e) Liability for Property: Any person who accepts property from a governmental entity in violation of this statute, and any public servant who permits such payment, is jointly and severally liable to the governmental entity for that property.

(f) Exception for Voluntary Services: The statute provides an exception for employees of governmental entities who voluntarily perform services that do not promote religion, attempt to influence legislation or governmental policy, or attempt to influence elections to public office. Such services, when performed for the benefit of another governmental entity or a 501(c)(3) organization, with proper approval and compliance with set policies, are considered related to the operation of the governmental entity.


The Importance of Legal Representation

If you find yourself involved in a ghost employment case, it's crucial to seek professional legal representation. This is where B. Hicks Law comes into play. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in Indiana's legal landscape, including the intricate aspects of ghost employment cases.

Our attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy for your case. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding your situation, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you have a fair chance in court.



Ghost employment is a complex legal issue that carries significant consequences under Indiana law. If you're facing allegations related to ghost employment, don't face it alone. Seek legal counsel from B. Hicks Law, and let our experienced attorneys guide you through the legal process. We are committed to defending your rights and working to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin building a solid defense strategy. Your future is too important to leave to chance.

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