Theresa Medsker is suspected of stealing more than a half million dollars.
(Cleveland) - A one-count criminal information was filed today charging Willoughby Hills woman with embezzling more than $650,000 in federal funds, according to Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Theresa E. Medsker, age 51, is accused of embezzling approximately $654,192 in federal funds while working as the bookkeeper for the Schnurmann House in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Schnurmann House is a non-profit, inter-denominational housing community consisting of 198 apartments for individuals age 62 and over that receives a substantial portion of its funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach
“This defendant was in a position of trust, and the charge lays out behavior that is a clear violation of that trust,” Dettelbach said. “This office will continue to hold accountable those that would betray the public’s confidence, in whatever form.”
The information charges that from on or about December 28, 2005 through on or about January 10, 2012, Medsker controlled Schnurmann House's bank accounts, and issued fraudulent checks from these accounts to herself.
Because all of the Schnurmann House checks required two signatures, one from the executive director and one from the administrative assistant, Medsker is accused of forging the signature of the executive director on the checks and presented them to the administrative assistant, who signed them believing that the executive director had already approved the checks.
Then, police say Medsker cashed and deposited the Schnurmann House checks into her personalbank accounts.
In order to conceal her theft of funds from the Schnurmann House, investigators claim Medsker altered and falsified the Schnurmann House’s monthly bank statements by physically cutting and pasting vendor checks on top of the checks she wrote to herself, and making counterfeit copies of the bank statements, according to the information.
Investigators maintain, Medsker then submitted the altered bank statements to the executive director and the board as Schnurmann House’s official financial records, depositing approximately 300 Schnurmann House checks made payable to her into her personal accounts totaling approximately $654,192.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Bennett, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, and the City of Mayfield Heights Police Department.
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