Accountant waives hearing, case goes to grand jury

Greg Sowinski | The Lima News Jennifer Edelbrock, of Kalida, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday. She is accused of passing a bad check to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Spencerville.

LIMA — A Kalida woman accused of writing a bad check to the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post waived her right to challenge any evidence at a hearing Wednesday.

Jennifer Edelbrock, 48, waived her preliminary hearing and Magistrate Richard Warren of Lima Municipal Court sent the case to a grand jury for consideration. Preliminary hearings, if held, require prosecutors to present enough evidence to show a defendant may be linked to a crime.

Warren read the criminal complaint into the record, which accused Edelbrock of writing a check that was not going to be good for $12,192 to the VFW on April 13. She is charged with passing bad checks, a fourth-degree felony.

Edelbrock was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. If she has some way of posting it, Warren placed conditions on her release including not conduct any business over the Internet and have no access to the Internet, to turn over her computers to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, surrender her passport and not conduct business and financial transactions. She would be placed on electronic surveillance at her home in Kalida.

Authorizes 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 about the firm led to the investigation and raid, police 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. The accounting firm was the one thing each business had in common, which led police to the firm, Fittro said.

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