YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the former chief of a northeastern Ohio community-action agency on charges including theft in office and using his role to profit from a government contract.
The Ohio Ethics Commission said Richard Roller Jr. was indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury on Thursday. The indictment says the 48-year-old Roller — former executive director of the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership — stole more than $7,500 of the agency's money in 2009.
The state said the Roller used agency employees and materials to have his home weatherized, which was one of the agency's projects for low-income residents. Roller has said he winterized his home but claimed it was done with his own money and by workers on their own time.
Roller was fired in May 2010.