MIDDLEFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio - The former secretary at a Geauga County elementary school has been accused of stealing more than $3,000 in school funds.
On Tuesday, Shannon Mares, 37, of Middlefield, was indicted on one count of theft and one count of tampering with evidence. She was the secretary at A.J. Jordak Elementary School in Middlefield Village before her resignation.
The Geauga County Sheriff's Office said school officials noticed them mishandling of funds in May and ordered an audit. The Middlefield Police Department was notified of the investigation.
An audit by State Auditor David Yost's office revealed more than $3,429 in school funds were missing. The sheriff's office also said that the receipt book maintained by Mares was also gone.
"I have to commend the school officials for uncovering this fraud early on. Unfortunately, so many times, this type of theft occurs over a much longer period of time and the losses are much more significant," said Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz.