SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A former Shawnee schools employee pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges Thursday morning.
Kimberly K. Hall, 54, of 771 Kiowa Trail, Lima, pleaded guilty to theft of office, a third-degree felony; and grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. Prosecutors dismissed a third-degree felony charge of money laundering. Prosecutors charged her with stealing more than $56,000 from the school district and a sports booster organization.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed set sentencing for Oct. 29. Hall faces more than four years in prison and $15,000 in fines, but the judge said prison time is not mandatory in the case. Hall could be sentenced to community control sanctions ranging from supervised probation to home arrest to electronic monitoring.
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 Detective Jack Miller said in July 2016. Hall went on paid leave June 6, 2016, and resigned from Shawnee schools effective June 30, 2016.
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 she was sentenced to five years probation, 40 hours of community service and was ordered to make full restitution.