Nichole Hannahs

Audit Shows Unreimbursed Money Owed to Taxpayers

by Nichole Hannahs on April 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

The State Auditor said money is still owed to taxpayers by a former Coshocton County Sheriff’s Lieutenant.

An audit released by the Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost shows James MacDonald was sentenced to six months in jail in January. He was ordered to pay reinstitution to the county after it was discovered through surveillance that he had taken money from the sheriff’s office cash register six times.

Receipts found shortages amounting to over $31,000 from collections for background checks, sex offender registries and fees for concealed carry permits.

MacDonald was ordered to pay restitution and paid over $21,000  leaving over $10,000 still owed to taxpayers.

The audit also found that MacDonald improperly wrote two checks with a total of over $1,500 from an account used to hold personal funds for inmates in the county jail.

"Stealing from the taxpayers is about as bad as it gets," said Yost. "The credit goes to Sheriff Rogers, who discovered the crime and did good work bringing the theft to light."