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Woman sentenced for theft from YSU union



Published: Tue, April 3, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The former treasurer of the Association of Classified Employees at Youngstown State University will spend one year on probation and repay thousands of dollars in misappropriated funds.

Carol Hovanes, 59, of New Middletown appeared Monday before Judge Jack Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for sentencing. She previously had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor-theft charge.

Hovanes formerly served as treasurer of the Association of Classified Employees at YSU, and last May, that union sued her, citing misappropriated funds. Hovanes said she took about $13,000 from the union.

Prosecutors recommended probation for Hovanes with the stipulation that she be made to repay all the money taken from the union.

Hovanes previously had repaid about $10,000. She will have to finish repaying the rest of the money by September.

Atty. David Mascio, representing Hovanes, told the court his client is highly unlikely to commit any more crimes. He said she is sorry for what amounts to a horrible mistake.

“She understands she has made a great mistake in this matter, and she appreciates the leniency given to her by the prosecutors and this court,” he said.

Hovanes, before Judge Durkin handed down her sentence, apologized for her actions.

“I would just like to apologize to the court and my fellow union members. I wish I could go back and undo it. I am so, so sorry about this,” she said.

Hovanes served as ACE treasurer from September 2002 through December 2007 and had access to the union’s funds and bank accounts. She is library-media technical assistant at Maag Library.

In January 2008, a new treasurer replaced Hovanes and discovered information that called into question her handling of funds and bank accounts for the union during her term as treasurer.

An audit sought by the union found that from December 2003 through December 2007, Hovanes made 65 unauthorized disbursements from a checking account totaling $13,266.69. An additional 22 transactions were identified as possible misappropriations totaling $4,017.02.

Judge Durkin sentenced Hovanes to six months in jail but suspended that sentence. He ordered her to serve one year’s probation and repay the remainder of the money taken by September.


Comments

1crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

REALLLY? WHO is this person connected to? Gets her sentence suspended and still keeps her job?

What a joke the Youngstown court system is! She gets to say she is SORRY, slap her on the hand and her life goes on, like she never did something wrong?

There have been reports of people taking money and they not only lose their jobs but have to serve time in jail.

What a joke Youngstown Courts are, so unfair? Could she be a white woman with connections? A person of color always has the book thrown at them. Shame, shame, shame.........

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2dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I heard this person also raises money for the Relay for Life @ YSU. Bet I wouldn't be contributing any funds with her around!

This sounds so unfair, a person steals $13,000.00 and doesn't get jail time? Wouldn't you think this should be a felony? A minor misdemeanor? WOW! You are right crlkb, she must have connections, just as everyone in that valley it seems.

The injustice of it all, this person got a slap on the hand. Maybe she can reveal who her connections are so EVERYONE can steal, lie, and get away with almost murder.

This justifys what a corrupt city/county the people of your town live in.

I have heard many facts about this person how she had the city prosecutor's wife as her attorney, how she copped her deal by saying there were others involved. What a piece of garbage.

SHAME on the courts for allowing this woman to get away with NO RECORD, no jail time, nothing!

No wonder y-town is always in the news for corrupt public officials. Guess she has connections which will eventually be found out......you always get found out and the lack of a sentence and the guilt will take their tolls on ALL of those involved with this.

EVERYONE should NOT contribute to any 'charity' / fundraiser she is connected with. DO NOT GIVE ONE CENT to anything she is involved with - bet it would go to her (let's face it, a zebra can't change the stripes).

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3foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

THATS NO PUNISHMENT

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

crib

" Could she be a white woman with connections? A person of color always has the book thrown at them. Shame, shame, shame........."

Are you serious?

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5CompMan(125 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the lady is connected to the Center for Working-Class Workers where Linkon & Russo profess union values over management ideals.

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6commoncitizen(959 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

crib, do you always bring "race" into every problem??

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7crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Common.....: Just the facts from what is printed here, just observations as to how the 'system' works in Y-town.....

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8crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

These comments are NOT about race, just questioning the rational in letting a person GO FREE, WITHOUT any type of consequences. How can someone admit to misappropriating that HUGE amount of $$$$ and then get a MISDEMEANOR, sentence suspended (NO JAIL TIME), and on and on......just seems rather typical of the political machine here in y-town.

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9brntbarbour(18 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

A misdemeanor, Really? $13,000. I immediately turned to the comment section when I saw that!

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10YSUretired(25 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Doesn't the judge have some responsibility here also as well as the prosecutor? Or do they all just want to have a deal cut so they don't have to actually conduct a trial? Collect their pay check and rubber stamp the deal?

$13,000 should be at least some type of felony with some type of fine and some level of jail time even if it is one day. Is it OK to do something like this and then just get a slap on the wrist or less? I do not see this as "justice."

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11crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

YSU Retired:

I AGREE with you, doesn't the JUDGE have a responsibility? This sentence is a joke on justice. This person gets to continue being employed, still contributing to her pension all the while thieving union dues using union funds as her personal checkbook. Where is the fairness in all of this. This person is a criminal, the punishment DOES NOT equate with the crime.

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12dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Who do you turn to when the officials don't do their jobs? Who protects the citizens when judges let people like this person get away with stealing and look at it as this is NOT a crime? How about telling a lie? Saying you are sorry just doesn't cut it. Guess those people at YSU just don't give a care if someone steals that much money and they don't demand something be done?
What a pathetic outcome for justice, do people even know what justice is?

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13foghorn(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Do we know what she was originally charged with? Seems to me it should be a felony. But, that's how plea bargains work. I heard she had no prior record, and she did admit her guilt and is remorseful for her actions. And she is required to pay back all the money. Probation for a year seems light but I recently read about the former employee of Niccolini's restaurant who admitted stealing $50,000 (quite a bit more than this case) and she only got two years probation.

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