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Ex-school treasurer faces criminal charges

Charged in embezzlement scheme at vet clinic

WARREN — A former treasurer at Liberty Local Schools and former office manager for a Hubbard veterinary practice has been indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury in connection to an alleged embezzlement scheme in a attempt to gain more than $325,000.

Tracey E. Obermiyer, 51, of Obermiyer Road, Brookfield, was charged Wednesday with two counts of identity fraud, forgery and grand theft.

Brookfield police had accused her of trying to regain more than $325,000 in losses from the veterinary practice.

Village Green Veterinary Service and Kilar Properties of Hubbard had filed a civil lawsuit in February against Obermiyer and her husband, Thomas. That action is proceeding in the Trumbull County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Peter J. Kontos.

According to the civil complaint, Obermiyer was fired by Village Green on Jan. 31, 2019, and had created false records related to employee payroll and tax withholdings. An audit also revealed that company funds were diverted to pay personal expenses. Checks were also found to be forged and financial records were changed, according to the lawsuit.

In the criminal case, no arraignment has been scheduled, but Obermiyer had been released in February on a personal bond by Eastern District Court Judge Marty Nosich. The felony case has been assigned to Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

If found guilty of all charges, Obermiyer could face up to nine years in prison.

The case was investigated beginning in January 2017 with a complaint to Bazetta police, court records show.

Obermiyer also got herself in trouble earlier as school district treasurer.

A report by then state Auditor Dave Yost found that in 2012, Obermiyer as Liberty Local Schools treasurer paid herself nearly $5,000 for work done for the district’s charter school, despite a contract that did not provide for extra pay. Obermiyer was not charged criminally in that case.

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