WARREN - A judge Tuesday issued an order to freeze a Seven Seventeen Credit Union account reportedly used by a woman charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a Fowler construction company.
The order by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay developed out of a lawsuit filed by Trumbull Contracting Corp. and Keystone Recycling Co. on Youngstown Kingsville Road against Alicia Sardich, 1760 Kinsman Road, North Bloomfield.
Besides the credit union, also named as defendants in the case are Wilber and Louise McCalister, identified as Sardich's grandparents and who hold accounts at the credit union.
Sardich, 28, was arrested last week by Trumbull sheriff's detectives and has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and forgery. She faces a preliminary hearing May 8 in Central District Court.
Her grandparents have not been charged with anything.
In the lawsuit filed by attorney Donald Duda, Sardich is identified as a secretary and accounts payable clerk who is being held responsible for at least $97,106 missing from the company's checking accounts and another $4,010 charged on company credit cards.
She admitted to detectives that she had a gambling problem.
Sardich worked for the companies the past 14 months, and sheriff's office reports indicate more than 30 checks were stolen over the last nine months. Some of the money was deposited in her grandparents' accounts, according to sheriff's reports and the lawsuit.
The judge's actions prevent defendants from ''using, transferring, diverting, disposing or otherwise controlling the stolen and/or embezzled funds.''
Duda's suit seeks return of no less than $101,117 from the defendants. The lawsuit also claims Sardich may have removed records ''in an attempt to destroy the evidence of her misdeeds and theft.''
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 that Sardich stole merchandise from the store.