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Former Allen County Schools Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft Charges
Columbus – 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.
An Allen County grand jury indicted Kimberly Hall on July 9 on single counts of theft in office (F-3), grand theft (F-4) and money laundering (F-3). She pleaded guilty to the grand theft and theft in office charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 29.
“Our school leaders should set the right example for our children,” Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said. “This individual failed miserably in this regard.”
Hall was a secretary at Shawnee Middle School before she took a position as facilities administrative assistant. She also served as treasurer of the Shawnee Baseball Boosters Association.
An investigation by the Auditor of State’s Public Integrity Assurance Team discovered that Hall used these positions to steal $34,400 from the school and $21,798 from the booster group. To conceal the theft, Hall made $14,347 in unexplained deposits into booster bank accounts.
Hall’s job responsibilities at the school included collecting fees for various school functions and depositing funds with the treasurer’s office. In her position as treasurer of the booster association, Hall was responsible for making deposits and withdrawals from booster bank accounts.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 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.