Harrod woman convicted of theft from her employer
BELLEFONTAINE – A Harrod woman was sentenced by the Logan County Common Pleas Court to a minimum of five years in prison on Monday for stealing nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from her former employer.
Jill Miller, 40, was charged in May last year with two counts of aggravated theft and one count of forgery, each third degree felony, in addition to one second degree felony charge identity theft.
She struck a plea deal with prosecutors in November and pleaded guilty to the identity fraud charge in exchange for the state’s dismissal of the remaining charges.
Miller is scheduled to report to Logan County Jail on Dec. 27 to await his transfer to a public facility. She was also ordered to pay compensation to Maple Leaf Family and Sports Medicine in the amount of $ 627,849.
At the time of her indictment, Logan County District Attorney Eric Stewart said Miller had stolen $ 724,000 from the Bellefontaine company where she worked as the company’s financial manager. Stewart said Miller wrote bad checks and stole deposits for a period of 10 years.
Detective Dwight Salyer of the Bellefontaine Police Department, the lead investigator in the case, said evidence of financial irregularities first emerged after Miller was fired from her job in the summer of 2019 for reasons unrelated to the missing money. Salyer said the person hired to replace Miller noticed “a few gaps” in the company’s financial records after taking the job.
The financial crimes unit of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation as auditors in the agency’s forensic division bent over the books, Stewart said.
Salyer said Miller, when questioned by police, admitted to stealing the money.