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Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Arrested Today
Columbus – Warrants were issued today for the arrest of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and husband David Smalley. Deborah Smalley was charged with one count of theft in office, a felony of the third degree. Husband David Smalley was charged with one count of complicity to unlawful interest in a public contract, a felony of the fourth degree.
“Violation of the public trust is the worst sort of theft because it makes all of us victims, and shreds our confidence that those who govern will do the right thing,” Auditor Yost said. “We will continue to fight for accountability and justice.”
Auditor of State Assistant Legal Counsel Robert Smith was appointed special prosecutor in the case in July. A special audit of the Fairfield County Clerk of Courts office was launched on August 6, 2013 and work is ongoing.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.