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Mogadore clerk allegedly stole from village

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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A Mogadore woman has been charged with allegedly stealing funds while employed as an assistant clerk-treasurer with the village three years ago.

Lisa A. Grenus, 49, of 297 S. Cleveland Road, was indicted May 16 by a Portage County grand jury on one count of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, according to court records.

Grenus was booked into the Portage County jail at 10:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. She posted $1,000 bond Monday and was released from the jail pending arraignment, court records show.

The case is assigned to Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty's courtroom. An arraignment date was not set as of Monday afternoon, according to court records.

Mogadore Police Chief Todd Higgins on Monday referred questions to village Law Director Joel Reed, who said that Grenus was "no longer employed with the village effective Feb. 4, 2017." Reed said Mogadore police asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the investigative division of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, to look into the matter after office staff discovered "some irregularities" during the course of their work.

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Investigators were sent up from Columbus and "went through records," compiled a report and submitted it to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office for consideration of charges, he said. The investigation revealed that between May 1 and July 31, 2014, Grenus allegedly stole between $1,000 and $7,500 from the village, according to her indictment.

Reed referred other specific questions about the investigation to BCI.

It was not immediately clear how long Grenus worked for the village. Her LinkedIn page said she started on the job in 1992, and Reed said Grenus was employed there when he was hired in 2008.

Grenus' attorney, Christopher Moore, could not be reached for comment.


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