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Ohio quick hits: School employee paid for 9 months after resignation

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(The Center Square) – A former southwest Ohio school district employee was paid for nine months after she resigned and must repay more than $8,000.

According to a finding for recovery from state Auditor Keith Faber, Kelcee Wright Moreo and the Mad River Local School District in Montgomery County reached a deal to recover $8,256. She has already repaid $2,460.

Moreo resigned Jan. 13, 2023, but continued to get paid through Sept. 15. District officials blamed the payments on a retirement at the payroll services provider contracted to handle the work.

Since then, the district has hired a payroll specialist and instituted more internal controls.

VFW quartermaster indicted

A grand jury indicted a North Carolina man who served as the quartermaster at a Columbus-area VFW post on four felony counts related to the theft of more than $35,000 from the post, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently announced.

According to the indictment, prosecutors say Guy A. Andonia developed a check-writing scheme while serving as quartermaster for VFW Post 4044, stealing $35,007.30 from the post’s charitable accounts.

“Stealing from a VFW post isn’t just a theft of money – it’s a betrayal of the very values our veterans fought to uphold,” Yost said.

Investigators say that between October 2017 and September 2019, while Andonian was living and working in Ohio, checks with notes in the memo line such as “help veterans in need” were being issued from the VFW post’s charitable accounts to be cashed by co-conspirators in Union County. The co-conspirators turned roughly 50% of the stolen money over to Andonian.

Ovedose reporting

Ohio emergency departments will now have to report non-fatal drug overdoses to the Ohio Department of Health when a rule change takes effect April 8.

Gov. Mike DeWine said the new rule will give state officials a more accurate and current view of non-fatal overdose, helping OHD identify trends, including repeat overdoses, and could allow for faster identification of populations or geographic areas disproportionately affected by non-fatal overdoses.

“We believe that having this new data will help us reduce the number of drug overdoses, lessen the burden on families and communities, and most importantly, save lives,” ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said.

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