Woman accused of embezzling $97K

FOWLER – A 28-year-old North Bloomfield woman, already on probation for a scuffle with a department store employee, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on accusations of embezzling $97,000 from a local construction company.

Alicia Sardich, 1760 Kinsman Road, remains free on bond pending today’s appearance before Judge Thomas Campbell in Central District Court on charges of theft and forgery.

Owners of Trumbull Contracting / Keystone Recycling called Trumbull County sheriff’s investigators Tuesday, telling them that Sardich, a secretary there for the past 14 months, stole about 30 checks over the last nine months and wrote checks to herself and to Seven Seventeen Credit Union for more than $90,000.

Checks to the credit union were put into the account of one of Sardich’s relatives. Deputies found there were 40 checks in all stolen since last April.

In fact, deputies were interviewing owners of the company when Sardich called the company to admit the theft and arrange to make restitution in the form of $10,000 in a lump sum payment and $1,000 a week.

Sardich later told detectives she has a gambling problem.

Sardich, who was using the last name of Rice, has been on five years probation since pleading guilty Sept. 12, 2012, to charges of robbery after she was indicted for an incident earlier in the year when she struggled with a Kohl’s Department Store loss prevention officer, who insisted the woman stolen merchandise.