Harrod woman charged with stealing $700,000 from employer


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



BELLEFONTAINE — A Harrod woman who police say stole more than $700,000 from her employer over a 10-year period was indicted last week in Logan County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated robbery, identity fraud and forgery.

Jill Miller, 38, is awaiting service of a summons that will set a date for her to appear in court. Authorities in Logan County are awaiting the appointment of a visiting judge to hear the case.

Logan County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Stewart said Miller stole $724,000 from Maple Leaf Family and Sports Medicine, a Bellefontaine business where she worked as the company’s financial officer. Stewart said Miller wrote bad checks and stole from deposits for a period of 10 years.

Detective Dwight Salyer of the Bellefontaine Police Department, the lead investigator in the case, said evidence of financial irregularities first surfaced after Miller was dismissed from her job last summer for reasons unrelated to the missing money. Salyer said the person hired to replace Miller noticed “some discrepancies” in the firm’s financial records after taking over the position.

The Financial Crimes Unit of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in to help with the investigation as auditors from the agency’s forensic accounting division pored over the books, Stewart said.

Salyer said Miller, when questioned by police, admitted to stealing the money.

According to Stewart, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and asked to take Miller into custody but declined to do so.

“Allen County told us they’re not arresting people right now” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prosecutor said. “So we will issue a summons (for Miller’s appearance in court), and Allen County will serve it for us.”

The theft charges against Miller are felonies of the third degree.

“It’s frustrating,” said Stewart, “that in Ohio you can steal up to $750,000 from someone and still get charged with only a third-degree felony.”

The identity fraud count against Miller is a second-degree felony, and the forgery charge is a felony of the third degree.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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