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A former secretary who stole $34,400 from the Shawnee Local School District targeted payments made by students and their parents for field trips, yearbooks and other fees.
Securing and protecting evidence is a necessity for the justice system, and a new manual created jointly by the offices of the Ohio Attorney General and the Auditor of State provides the state’s law enforcement agencies with best practices in the management of property and evidence rooms, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today.
A former fiscal officer is facing theft in office charges for allegedly stealing almost $100,000 from Liberty Township in Guernsey County.
A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted the former village manager of Lincoln Heights for theft in office stemming from her alleged misuse of a village credit card and other funds totaling nearly $67,200.
The former program administrator of the Soil and Water Conservation District of Paulding County was indicted on theft in office and tampering with records charges.
A former clerk-treasurer who pleaded guilty to theft in January for stealing from the Village of Mogadore owes an additional $2,300 to the Summit County village, state auditors found.
The fiscal officer of a disbanded northeast Ohio fire district charged about $12,000 to the district’s credit cards for personal expenses and failed to document another $10,000 in spending, according to a report released today.
A former St. Clair Township (Columbiana County) police sergeant has been indicted on seven felonies, including theft in office, for falsely claiming overtime.
Former Somerset Police Chief Jeremy VanDermark was sentenced today to 90 days in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail for one count of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, for using the Perry County village’s credit card to pay for personal purchases for his family’s personal vehicles, testosterone supplement and other transactions. The total cost of his improper purchases is nearly $5,737.
An employee of the Shawnee Local School District (Allen County) pleaded guilty today to theft in office and grand theft for stealing more than $56,000 from the district and an affiliated booster organization.
A Fairfield County judge today ordered the fiscal officer of Walnut Township to resign by Oct. 31 for unlawfully recommending her sister for a job with the township.
Auditor of State Dave Yost today issued about $779,000 in findings for recovery against the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County and seven companies that did business with the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD).
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost, and Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Gains today announced that a Mahoning County grand jury has indicted the former mayor and finance director of Youngstown on public corruption charges. The indictment is part of an ongoing public corruption probe of corrupt activity which includes a Poland, Ohio, businessman who was previously indicted on corruption charges last year.
Former Somerset Police Chief Jeremy VanDermark pleaded guilty today to theft in office for using the Perry County village’s credit card to pay for personal purchases for his family’s personal vehicles, testosterone supplement and other transactions. The total cost of his improper purchases is nearly $5,737.
A former director of the Jefferson Emergency Rescue District (Ashtabula County) will serve two years of probation and repay $1,032 for falsifying his time sheets, a judge ruled recently.
A former employee of the Village of Windham (Portage County) tried to conceal her theft of almost $5,000 by tampering with the village’s utility billing system, according to an audit released today.
An employee of the Shawnee Local School District (Allen County) is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $56,000 from the district and an affiliated booster organization.
A state audit released today details a theft of almost $175,000 by a former employee of the Lucas County Clerk of Courts office, who was sentenced last week to jail time for theft in office.
A newly-released audit of Alexandria reveals the extent of a theft committed by the village’s former fiscal officer Laura Vanscoy Andrews.
Former London City Auditor Nicholas Szabo was sentenced this morning to 28 days in jail and two years of probation following his plea of guilty last month to a fourth-degree felony count of theft in office.
Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas was awarded the Auditor of State’s Public Integrity Award today for the support his office provided during an investigation of York Township.
A former Strongsville City Schools (Cuyahoga County) employee is facing theft charges after investigators with the Auditor of State’s office tracked more than $65,000 worth of school district property to his residence.
Former Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for a third-degree felony charge of theft. Soldano pleaded guilty last month to the theft charge stemming from an investigation by the Ohio Auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team (PIAT).
Former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante was sentenced to ten years in prison today following a public corruption trial in Trumbull County. The sentence was issued by Visiting Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove, who also ordered more than $51,000 to be paid in restitution to the state and to the City of Niles.
The former City Auditor of London (Madison County) pleaded guilty today to theft in office for his failure to reimburse the city for his health insurance costs and for an unauthorized pay increase for a fellow employee.
The Ohio Auditor of State’s special audit of Mt. Sterling has earned an Excellence in Accountability Award from the National State Auditors Association (NSAA), Auditor Yost announced today.
A former athletic director of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District (Miami County) was ordered to pay a fine and perform community service after he was found guilty today of having a conflict of interest.
The Orange City School District (Cuyahoga County) received $45,138 in restitution today from a former employee who used his position to acquire discounted Apple products that he sold on eBay.
Former Cleveland City Councilman Facing 26 Charges After Ethics Investigation
Former Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman is facing 26 charges of unlawful interest in a public contract following an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission.
A former volunteer treasurer who stole tens of thousands of dollars from two groups affiliated with the Shawnee Local School District (Allen County) was sentenced late last week to five years of probation and ordered to pay $51,419 in restitution.
The former fiscal officer for York Township (Belmont County) and its Water Authority has been indicted on 27 counts involving theft in office and related charges in connection with paying her mother Irma Shreffler, and one other person with money they had not earned. Dawn Lee’s mother and another person also were indicted by the Belmont County grand jury on 10 additional counts.
Members of the State Auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team (PIAT) executed a search warrant today at the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office, 155 Rehl Rd., Zanesville. The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department and agents of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
Special Audit of Village in Madison County Holds 11 Individuals Accountable for Nearly $1 Million in Illegal Spending
A special audit released today details almost $1 million in illegal spending that occurred at the Village of Mt. Sterling, capping off a two-year investigation that brought criminal charges against four now-convicted former administrators and employees.
By Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State
In the spring of 2017, I asked my staff to create a special report focused on a matter that has made my blood boil more than a few times during my seven years as Ohio’s Auditor of State.
The 101-count indictment of Youngstown-area businessman Dominic Marchionda and 56-count indictment of former Niles Mayor Ralph E. Infante have more in common than major criminal cases against prominent people: Both cases were investigated by a little-known, two-year-old team inside the Auditor of State’s office.
Former Mt. Sterling Mayor Charles Neff was sentenced this morning to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $10,000 restitution for his role in approving improper leave payouts in the Madison County Village.
Thieving public employees who capitalize on lax oversight have pocketed millions of dollars from transactions with citizens over past decade, according to a special report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Payroll fraud is a perennial problem for local governments, putting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars at risk, which is why Auditor of State Dave Yost today issued a “Best Practices” newsletter to help local officials reduce this threat.
Former Lawrence Township Police Chief Paul Stanley was sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail today after pleading guilty in August to the theft of nearly $24,000 from the police department’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The sentence was handed down in in Stark County Common Pleas Court.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost, and Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Gains today announced that a Mahoning County man and his affiliated businesses have been indicted on more than 100 counts related to alleged corrupt activity, theft, and money laundering related to three development projects with the City of Youngstown.
A Whitehall man who sold stolen Columbus Area Transit Authority (COTA) bus passes to an undercover COTA investigator was arrested today and charged with telecommunications fraud. The passes, stolen from the Columbus City Schools transportation department, were intended for district students from low-income households, those who are homeless, or those involved in the district’s intern program.
Former Mt. Sterling Mayor Charles Neff was convicted late Wednesday for theft in office, falsification and dereliction of duty stemming from his approval of excessive payouts for employee sick time and vacation pay that were not allowed or had not been earned.
Former Mt. Sterling administrative assistant Bonnie Liff pleaded guilty today to a fourth-degree felony count of theft in office, making her the third village employee convicted following an investigation into the crimes of former village administrator Joseph Johnson.
Search warrants were executed at four locations in the Youngstown area as part of an ongoing investigation.
The former fiscal officer of the Village of Aberdeen (Brown County) has been indicted for theft in office stemming from money he allegedly stole from village utility, income tax and copying payments.
A special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost cites more than $300,000 in findings for misuse of public funds at the Lawrence County Educational Service Center (ESC).
Former Franklin County Board of Elections Director William A. Anthony Jr. today pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of securing writings by deception.
A former mayor and the current administrative assistant of the Village of Mt. Sterling were indicted by the Madison County grand jury on a variety of theft counts, following an investigation by local law enforcement and the Ohio Auditor of State.
Fraud and misuse of public funds plagued a southern Ohio correctional facility, where state auditors and investigators found employees forged receipts, stole property and illegally spent thousands of tax dollars across the country on liquor, hotels and a strip club.
Victoria L. Sheets, the former bookkeeper in the Madison County village of Mt. Sterling, pleaded guilty today to falsification for assisting a village administrator to obtain his pension benefits early.
A Columbus woman who took $88,750 earmarked to start a charter school in Powell was sentenced to three years in prison today by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett H. Krueger.
The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the indictment of former Niles Mayor Ralph A. Infante, who was indicted on 56 counts today:
A second unannounced statewide head count of community school attendance found that attendance among non-Dropout Recovery and Prevention schools has improved, according to a report released today by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.
A former customer service specialist pocketed more than $15,000 in cash received by the Montgomery County Environmental Services Department, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
A treasurer and six board members at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio racked up more than $9,200 in spouse-related travel costs on ESC credit cards, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Former Village of Barnesville (Belmont County) Fiscal Officer Darla Fuller made more than 100 personal expenditures using a village credit card, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Former Perrysburg Schools employee Eric Whitson stole more than $479,800 from the district, and nearly $181,900 from the Bowling Green Bobcat Athletic Boosters, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Horizon Science and Noble Academies in Ohio need to put in writing their formal procedures for administering state-mandated tests, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. However, the audit found no evidence to support allegations of assessment irregularities.
$850,000 in Findings for Recovery Issued
A total of 27 tutoring service providers charged the Columbus City School District $850,000 for tutoring that never happened or for students that were no longer in the district, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
A former Village of North Baltimore (Wood County) utility clerk pocketed $79,123 in cash that she was supposed to deposit into the village’s bank account, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
An Auditor of State partnership with Paulding County law enforcement led to the indictment of former Director of Probation Services Emily Munger. She was indicted on one charge of theft in office and one charge of tampering with records.
A special audit of community school sponsorships released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost highlights the need for increased sponsor oversight of schools as part of community school reform legislation pending in the Ohio General Assembly.
Former Superintendent Bradley Martin gambled during work hours and bought iPads the district never saw, racking up $34,739 in findings for recovery in a special audit of the Tecumseh Local School District (Clark County) released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Officials at the now-closed General Chappie James Leadership Academy padded their attendance rolls by nearly 50 percent, according to a special audit released in a press conference today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. Findings for recovery total more than $1.1 million.
An unannounced, statewide head count of community school attendance found as few as zero students in one school, according to a report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Special Audit: Columbiana County Drug Task Force
A cell phone and wireless plan for the wife of the former Columbiana County Drug Task Force director were paid for with tax dollars, according to a special audit.
Guilty plea entered today by David Smalley
Auditor of State Dave Yost makes the following statement regarding the guilty plea entered today by David Smalley.
Trips across the globe can really add up, but a former superintendent let taxpayers pay his tab, according to a special audit of the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Family members illegally ran the Village of Martinsville (Clinton County) and used it funds for personal use, according to an audit released today.
The former fiscal officer of Franklin Township (Richland County) financed her lifestyle on the public dime at a cost of nearly $136,000, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Auditor of State Dave Yost's statement regarding the guilty plea entered today by former Fairfield County Clerk of Court, Deborah Smalley.
The following statement is regarding the negotiated plea by former Columbus City Schools employee Steve Tankovich.
Auditor of State Dave Yost issued a statement regarding the guilty plea entered by former Brown County Deputy Clerk of Courts Heather Tapp.
Nearly $39,000 in Findings Issued
Auditor of State Dave Yost today released a special audit report accusing former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and her husband of kickbacks, contract steering, theft and political skullduggery. Findings for recovery total nearly $39,000.
Former Franklin County Agricultural Society Treasurer Dave Brobst wire transferred public funds to the family farm and John Deere.
A former fiscal officer used public funds for mortgage payments and college tuition, according to a special audit of the Clermont County Central Joint Fire-EMS District released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
A top-down culture of data manipulation and employee intimidation was uncovered by a special audit of the Columbus City School District released in a press conference held today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Columbus City School District’s movement to terminate four principals.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the indictments of former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and husband David Smalley.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the investigation released today by the Ohio Department of Education regarding school districts identified as “scrubbing” attendance data.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning former Columbus City School District Area Treasurer Tina Dorsey.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning former Columbus City School District Area Treasurer Tina Dorsey.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the resignation of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the resignation of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley
A review released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost confirmed that the superintendent of the Medina City School District misused public funds.
Warrants were issued today for the arrest of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and husband David Smalley.
The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding this morning’s conviction of former Henry County Commissioner Richard Myers.
Two former court clerks are on the hook for more than $260,000 in missing village funds, according to a special audit of the Village of Arlington Heights Mayor’s Court released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Nearly $520,000 in Findings Issued
Professional football season tickets, trips to the theatre, travel expenses and cocktails are just a few of the nearly $520,000 in items for which taxpayers picked up the tab.
A human resources manager at the Columbiana County Engineer’s office tinkered with her husband’s timesheets to increase his pay by $5,200, according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Employees’ illegal relationships with vendors and shoddy bookkeeping led to more than $1.3 million in findings for recovery issued in the special audit of the Cleveland Academy of Scholarship, Technology, and Leadership Enterprise (CASTLE) released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
$10,000 Still Owed to Taxpayers after Court Restitution
Surveillance video helped establish several counts of theft in office against a Coshocton County Sheriff’s lieutenant, James MacDonald, who was sentenced in January to six months in jail.
A federal grand jury a Columbus man alleging that he defrauded the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Services Program by billing the program for tutoring sessions that were never provided.
The superintendent and treasurer of the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy were indicted on 26 counts of theft in office, unauthorized use of property, tampering with evidence and tampering with records.
Nearly $860,000 is owed to Ohio’s taxpayers due to uncollected money and unlawful contract changes at the Richard Allen Academy Community Schools.
Auditor of State Dave Yost released a statement regarding the Ohio Department of Education’s actions following the release of the statewide audit of student attendance data.
Former Clinton Township (Franklin County) Fiscal Officer Rebecca Christian was sentenced today to four years in prison for her theft of nearly $138,000 in township funds.
Yost Calls for Linking Attendance Reporting and Funding—No More “Count Week”
Four additional school districts were identified as having manipulated attendance data in the final statewide student attendance audit report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
The Auditor of State’s office final report on the statewide school attendance audit will be released February 11.
A former Painesville Local Schools (Lake County) employee filled her kitchen cupboards with $1,777 in food paid for by taxpayers, according to the 2012 audit of the district released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Nearly $90,000 in payments for health services went missing under the watch of a former Ashland County-City Health Department administrative assistant, as confirmed by a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
More than $18,000 in utility payments went into the pockets of the Village of Bellaire’s (Belmont County) former utility clerk, as confirmed in an audit of the village released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
A statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the sentencing today in the Belmont County Court of Common Pleas of former Bellaire water clerk Lisa Flaherty.
A former Augusta Township (Carroll County) fiscal officer was indicted Wednesday on 30 counts of theft in office.
Auditor of State Dave Yost issues a statement regarding the sentencing today in U.S. District Court of former community school treasurer Carl W. Shye, Jr.
Falsified authorization to increase her own pay and writing checks to her own family members—then endorsing them herself—were among findings in excess of $9,700 issued against the former clerk of the Village of Jerusalem (Monroe County).
No new instance of potential record “scrubbing” was found in the second interim report concerning the review of school attendance practices in Ohio, released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Nearly $4.2 million was stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights School District by a former IT director according to a special audit of the district released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
First Phase of School Attendance Audit Released
Auditor of State Dave Yost released today an interim report concerning the review of school attendance practices in Ohio, which showed irregularities and made initial recommendations to improve the system
Henry County Commissioner Richard Myers was indicted Wednesday by the Henry County Grand Jury on one count of felony unlawful interest in a public contract, following an investigation by the Auditor of State’s office.
Initial response to the temporary hotline established by Auditor of State Dave Yost yesterday has been strong, with 24 calls since 4:30 p.m. last evening, including a number of anonymous reports.
Auditor of State Dave Yost has established a temporary telephone hotline for all employees of Columbus City Schools to report any information about potential manipulation of attendance records.
The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the announcement today of the indictment of two former employees of the Village of Arlington Heights on charges of embezzling more than $262,000 from the mayor’s court.
More than $2,000 in public money went missing under the watch of a former secretary for the City of Springboro Building and Zoning Department (Warren County), according to a special audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Indicted Insurance Administrator to Enter Plea July 25
Brown County received $137,007.57 this week in restitution from Van Workman, a third party administrator, who has been charged with defrauding the county and its employees of their health insurance payments.
Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds.
Auditor of State Dave Yost recently swore in Andrew Bodzak as the new investigator in the Special Investigations Unit for the Youngstown and Akron-Canton areas.
Although Ohio law permits townships to pay employees cash in lieu of health insurance, Goshen Township (Clermont County) exceeded allowable amounts for such payments by nearly $12,000, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Carl Shye’s list of debts to taxpayer grows by more than $52,000 with today’s release of the closeout audit of the New City Community School (Montgomery County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
An Ohio Auditor of State investigation led to the arrest of former Bellaire Water Clerk Lisa Flaherty earlier today in Broome County, New York.
Add another $95,139 to embattled charter school Treasurer Carl Shye’s list of debts to taxpayers with today’s release of the Arts Academy, Arts Academy West and Patriot Preparatory Academy audits by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio was charged with embezzling more than $470,000 in federal funds between 2005 and 2011 while serving as treasurer for a number of community schools in Ohio.
First-of-its-kind Effort Shows Equipment Used as Little as 1 day in 30
Twenty-four governments in Lake County use street sweepers, sewer maintenance vehicles and road repair equipment at rates as low as 3 percent, or about 1 day in a month, according to a study released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
A former county sheriff bought shoes, neckties and amusement park passes with taxpayer dollars, according to the special audit of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department’s Furtherance of Justice Fund, released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
More than $929,000 in Findings for Recovery Issued
Booze, missing money, missing records and self-dealing has led to more than $929,850 in findings for recovery in the special audit of Dayton-area Richard Allen Academy schools released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
For the fourth time in the past six months, Auditor of State Dave Yost is citing community school treasurer, Carl Shye, for illegally spending taxpayer dollars at three separate schools. The multiple findings for recovery issued against him now total more than $600,000.
Offers Recommendations to ODJFS
The State of Ohio reissued nearly 340,000 food stamp EBT cards in 2011 – and 17,000 recipients received 10 or more reissued cards, according to an evaluation of the program by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Allegations of theft by a former court clerk were confirmed in an audit of the Harrison County Juvenile Court released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. Findings for recovery of almost $5,000 were issued.
“Stealing school funds and hitting the links on the taxpayer’s dime puts personal interest over the students,” Auditor Yost said. “A principal’s golf carts and green fees should never be paid for by the public, and I expect the public’s money to be returned.”
Special Audit of the Legacy Academy for Leaders and the Arts Released
“I’ve seen better documentation at a lemonade stand,” Auditor Yost said. “Schools must be able to account for every dollar spent.”
Former Employee Hit with $37,853 in Findings for Recovery
Auditor Yost Demands Repayment
Investigators from Auditor’s Special Audit Team will audit financial activities in city finance office.
Former Ripley Clerk Allegedly Misappropriated Village Funds
Nearly $1 million in Missing Taxpayer Funds Allegedly Stolen
Mayor’s Court Clerk Failed to Deposit Fine Collections and Bond Payments
Library Employees receive improper reimbursements, overpayments
Construction Companies Swindled Taxpayers of Solon, Valley View
Clerk Overpaid Herself and Her Husband $17,658
County Treasurer’s Chief Deputy indicted on charges of theft
Fairbanks Local School District victimized by alleged theft
Helms also ordered to pay more than $295,000 in restitution
Largest case of public school fraud since Taylor took office
More than $130,000 misspent, owed back by school officials
Toledo accomplice aided in alleged theft
Former fiscal officer subject of investigation
Mayor’s court, police evidence room subject of investigation
Thousands of tax dollars misspent, repaid
Former school superintendent faces maximum of 28 years behind bars
Anti-fraud legislation voted out of the Ohio Senate
Financial report brings closure to W.E.B. Dubois saga
State Auditors Identify Financial Irregularities During Routine Financial Audit
Phone call to Auditor of State’s fraud hotline alerted authorities to theft
Report identifies more than $315,000 owed back to the village
Phoenix Village Academy faces loss of funding
Allegations Arise that Former Fiscal Agent Misspent Thousands of Dollars
Educational funds could have served additional needy children
William DiCianni arraigned for writing bad checks, forgery, grand theft and money laundering
Employee Spent More Than $19,000 on Utility Bills and Home Improvement
Office secretary owes nearly $8,000 back to county