Central Ohio residents in one county were being told to look over tax bills and payments after a woman admitted to stealing taxpayer dollars.
Pickaway County Treasurer Ellery Elick said that his office was still calculating how many people were impacted by the scam. He said the theft was discovered after an alert homeowner looked at his tax bill and discovered something unusual.
The treasurer said back in August, a resident contacted his office after noticing a discrepancy in an online tax bill. The county said the resident paid his taxes in full, but the website stated a portion of the bill was not paid.
When Elick approached employee Gail Fouch about the issue, he said she admitted to taking the money.
“It’s one of those things you never think is going to happen to you, especially by a long-term employee,” Elick said.
Elick said that the scheme started November 2011. Instead of processing a resident’s full tax payment, Fouch would credit a portion of the money to the county and take the rest.
The county believed that Fouch took around $20,000. They said that the money will be paid back.
“They'll be no loss to the county,” Elick said.
Fouch was sentenced to three years for the theft. The county treasurer said that it would conduct random audits to ensure taxpayer funds are credited to the correct account.
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