Press Release Ohio Auditor of State

Auditor Faber Finds Former Wayne Trace Schools Cashier Owes $2,045

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber today issued a finding for recovery against former lunchroom cashier for Wayne Trace Local School District (Paulding County), Brenda Combs, after the school found $2,045 of lunch room fees collected but not accounted for.


“This former employee thought she could use her position to take advantage of students and defraud taxpayers,” Auditor Faber said. “Fortunately, the school district uncovered the abuse and contacted my office so we could set things right.”


Combs’ responsibility was to collect money from students for food items. In 2019, the school district identified a total discrepancy of $2,045 between lunchroom fees collected and fees deposited. These discrepancies were a result of non-cash adjustments posted to the Meals Plus system by Combs.


In the school’s 2019 audit, released today, Auditor Faber issued a finding for recovery for $2,045 against Combs, in favor of Wayne Trace Local School District. In the audit, Auditor Faber also recommends the school implement policies and procedure to review and monitor food service receipts, deposits, and non-cash adjustments.


A full copy of this report is available online.



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 Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.



Allie Dumski

Press Secretary

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