Delphos accountant indicted on grand theft charges

By Greg Sowinski -

Jennifer Edelbrock

Jennifer Edelbrock

LIMA — A Delphos accountant was indicted Friday on two counts of grand theft.

Jennifer Edelbrock, 48, of Kalida, faces up to three years in prison on the charges. She is out of jail on bail and will enter a plea to the charges next week.

Edelbrock is accused of writing a check that was not going to be good for $12,192 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Spencerville on April 13.

Both charges are related to crimes with the VFW and Edelbrock remains under investigation, officials said.

Authorities raided the Edelbrock-Reitz accounting firm at 945 E. Fifth St., in Delphos, on May 19, as part of an investigation into possible financial crimes. Complaints to police officials about the firm led to the investigation and raid, police officials said.

Delphos Police Chief Kyle Fittro said investigators have a lot of computer files to examine, which will take a while.

Fittro said business owners began to notice they were missing money and made reports to Delphos police officials. The accounting firm was the one thing each business had in common, which led investigators to the firm, Fittro said.

Insurance Agent James Niedecken of Niedecken Insurance Agency also filed a lawsuit against Edelbrock seeking more than $1 million in damages. He accused her of managing various investments over a period of eight years but instead of making payments to a fund she converted the money for her own use and falsified accounting records, according to the lawsuit.

The numbers include more than $300,000, mostly loss of principal contribution by insurance agency employees including more than $78,000 Niedecken contributed himself, according to the lawsuit.

She has not been charged in connection with Niedecken’s insurance agency.

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By Greg Sowinski

Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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