SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A former Shawnee schools employee faces three felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $56,000 from the district and a booster organization.
Kimberly K. Hall, 54, of 711 Kiowa Trail, Lima, faces charges of theft of office, a third-degree felony; money laundering, a third-degree felony; and grand theft, a fourth-degree felony.
“School employees are supposed to promote a culture of integrity – not deceit,” Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost said in a press release. “I trust that justice will prevail once Ms. Hall has her day in court.”
Hall entered a written not guilty plea Tuesday. Her attorney, William Kluge, didn’t respond to a call for comment Tuesday afternoon. The next pretrial is 3 p.m. Aug. 23.
Hall served as a secretary at Shawnee Middle School before becoming facilities administrative assistant on March 14, 2016. She also was treasurer of the Shawnee Baseball Boosters Association.
The state auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team determined Hall used those positions to steal $34,400 from the school district and $21,798 from the booster group. She attempted to conceal the alleged theft with $14,347 in unexplained deposits into the booster bank accounts, according to the auditor’s office press release.
Her job responsibilities included collecting fees for school functions and depositing the money with the school treasurer’s office. With the booster club, she made deposits and withdrawals from booster bank accounts.
Investigators found expenditures didn’t match baseball expenses between Oct. 21, 2014, and April 30, 2016, Shawnee Township Det. Jack Miller said in July 2016. She went on paid leave June 6, 2016, and resigned from Shawnee schools effective June 30, 2016.
Shawnee schools Superintendent James Kanable declined to comment, noting the incidents occurred before he became superintendent in August 2017.
It’s the second criminal case involving theft from Shawnee schools this year. In February, Heather O’Connor pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft for stealing $42,141 from the Shawnee Middle School Parent Teacher Committee and $9,277 from the Little Indians Volleyball Association. In March, her sentence included five years probation, 40 hours of community service and paying back all the owed funds.