YSU union files lawsuit against its ex-treasurer
By Denise Dick
The union representing Youngstown State University’s classified employees is suing its former treasurer, citing misappropriated funds.
YSU’s Association of Classified Employees union filed the lawsuit last week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Carol Hovanes of New Middletown. Atty. Ira Mirkin represents the union. The case is assigned to Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.
It says that Hovanes served as ACE treasurer from September 2002 through December 2007 and had access to the union’s funds and bank accounts. In January 2008, a new treasurer replaced Hovanes and “discovered information that called into question defendant’s handling of [ACE’s] funds and bank accounts during her term as treasurer,” the lawsuit says.
Through the Ohio Education Association, the union sought an independent audit. That audit found that between December 2003 and continuing through December 2007, Hovanes made 65 “unauthorized disbursements from the association’s checking account totaling $13,266.69,” the lawsuit says. Another 22 transactions “were identified as possible misappropriations totaling $4,017.02,” it said.
Of that amount, the suit says Hovanes has repaid about $9,928 “but has failed and refused to reimburse” ACE any money.
Hovanes, who works as a library media technical assistant at the Maag Library at YSU, declined to comment.
Brian K. Brennan, ACE president, referred comment to Mirkin, who couldn’t be reached.
In an email sent by Brennan last July to union membership, he said that a Mahoning County grand jury has subpoenaed union financial records regarding the matter.
The civil suit seeks unspecified damages.