Thu. 12:56pm: Auditor: Former library fiscal officer misused funds

COLUMBUS – While a former library fiscal officer waits to begin serving her jail sentence, the Ohio auditor has released a full report on the money that she stole from the Kinsman institution.

Toys-R-Us gift cards, an iPod Shuffle, movies and video games are among the more than $46,000 in personal purchases made by the former Kinsman Free Public Library fiscal officer Sharon VanKanegan, auditors found in an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

“The library’s credit cards are not personal expense accounts for employees,” Yost said in a release. “This fiscal officer blatantly abused her authority, and she’s headed to jail.”

VanKanegan pleaded guilty May 1 to six counts related to theft in office. She was sentenced June 26 to 30 days in the Trumbull County Jail for one count of theft in office, one count of misuse of credit cards and four counts of forgery.

As fiscal officer, VanKanegan had access to four library credit cards. From Jan. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2012, Vankanegan made $22,830 in credit card purchases that were not properly documented or related to library functions, the audit finds. Purchases included things such as Toys-R-Us gift cards, clothing, a grill, health and beauty products, an iPod Shuffle and gasoline for her personal vehicle. A finding for recovery for the total amount of $22,830 was issued against VanKanegan. Her bonding company, Auto Owners Mutual Insurance Company, repaid this finding on July 23.

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