Press Release Ohio Auditor of State

Findings for Recovery Totaling $16,614 Issued Against Former Richland JFS Director

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

COLUMBUS – Findings for recovery totaling $16,614 were issued Tuesday against the former director of Richland County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS), who was paid for more than 350 hours when she was not actually working.

The determination was included in a special audit conducted by the Auditor of State’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which received a complaint that former Richland County JFS Director Tresa Sharlene Neumann had been paid for time when she was not actually at work or was conducting personal business, among other issues.

The full special audit detailing allegations against Neumann and other JFS employees and the resulting investigation is available online at https://ohioauditor.gov/auditsearch/search.aspx.

The special audit, which covered April 5, 2021, through Aug. 6, 2022, confirmed that Neumann either left early or arrived late, was absent altogether, or conducted personal business during working hours without submission of proper leave requests.

The Auditor of State’s Office, serving as special prosecutor in the case, determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges but that the findings for recovery were warranted. 

Neumann resigned in August 2022. She and her bonding company are jointly and severally liable for Tuesday’s findings for recovery.


The Auditor of State’s Office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 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. 

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