COLUMBUS — Ohio Auditor Keith Faber released a statement on Tuesday, detailing accusations against former Rock Creek Village Administrator Joshua Fleming.
The auditor’s office claims that Fleming was knowingly overpaid $17,015 between June 1, 2015 and April 6, 2016, according to the statement.
A raise for Fleming was authorized starting June 1, 2015, and an error resulted in Fleming being paid twice the approved rate during the time period, according to the statement.
In addition, the village issued payments totaling $9,068 for items that were not for village use, according to the statement.
The Auditors Office has issued a finding for recovery for $9,068 against Fleming for those purchases, and another finding for recovery for $17,015 against Fleming and former village Fiscal Officer Cynthia Pace for the alleged overpayments. Accuracy of the payroll was Pace’s responsibility, according to the statement. She resigned soon after the allegations against Fleming came to light.
“As Village Administrator his responsibility was to make sure the transactions, books, and records were correct and had a duty to report the error in his overpayment — not to stay quiet and keep ill-gotten money,” Faber said in a statement.
“Citizens of our communities trust public servants to be respectful and responsible with tax dollars and my office is dedicated to holding them accountable when this kind of abuse occurs.”
Fleming was indicted in Ashtabula Common Pleas Court on June 24. He is charged with one count of theft in office, a third-degree felony, and two counts of misuse of credit cards, fifth-degree felonies, according to court records.
If convicted, Fleming faces a potential sentence of 36 months in prison, County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper said in June.