Woman sentenced for theft from YSU union

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



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.

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