JEFFERSON — A former Rock Creek village administrator has been indicted on three felonies after being accused of stealing while in office.
Joshua Fleming was indicted last week on one count of theft in office, a third-degree felony, and two counts of misuse of credit cards, fifth-degree felonies, according to the indictment.
Fleming is accused of theft totaling $26,083, said Ashtabula County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper. Fleming is accused of being knowingly overpaid while he was working as Rock Creek Village Administrator, and using two village credit cards and several credit accounts in the village’s name for his own personal use, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.
Theft in office is usually categorized as a fifth-degree felony, according to the Ohio Revised Code. If a person is accused of stealing between $1,000 and $7,499, the crime becomes a fourth-degree felony. For theft of $7,500 or more, it is a third-degree felony.
The theft was first reported in April 2016 and was referred to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office for investigation, Cooper said. The investigation then went to the Auditor of State’s office for an audit of the village’s records, according to the statement.
The Auditor’s Office returned the investigation to the county in January of this year, Cooper said. Once the state returned its findings to the Sheriff’s Office and the prosecutor, the investigation could be finished, according to the statement.
Fleming faces a potential sentence of 36 months in prison, Cooper said. If he is found guilty, the Prosecutor’s Office will ask for restitution to be part of the sentence.
Fleming was village administrator from January 2015, to April 2016.
Cooper thanked Rock Creek elected officials for their patience with the investigation.