December 19, 2014

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Lorain woman serving time, still gets paid for Cuyahoga County position

AVON LAKE — A Lorain woman who is serving time at the Lorain County Jail for stealing from a former employer continues to be paid by her current employer, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Yvette Williams

Yvette Williams

Capt. Jack Hammond, director of the Corrections Division at the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, said Yvette Williams sought work release after she was sentenced to six months in the county jail for theft and five counts of passing bad checks.

He said the request wasn’t granted as the Sheriff’s Office was waiting for confirmation from her employer, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Cuyahoga County Court spokeswoman Mary Davidson said Williams’ employer is aware of her recent conviction, and Williams is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the Juvenile Court.

Williams is employed as a legal services clerk, and she was hired Jan. 28, according to Davidson.

Williams was sentenced to the six months in county jail, along with three years of probation, and she was ordered to pay $5,000 restitution to her former employer, Chemtron, after she was convicted of stealing approximately $83,872 from the company over a four-year period.

Avon Lake police Detective Tim Schliker said Williams was writing Chemtron checks to pay off her personal expenses while she worked in the company’s finance department. The thefts started in 2007, and they were discovered during an audit.

Schliker said after discrepancies were discovered, Williams quit abruptly, and police suspected she was involved. Police discovered her name on the checks, and she admitted to stealing the money.

Schliker said Williams began purchasing small items, like iTunes songs, but then worked her way up to $900 purchases.

“She had a couple payments here and there early on, and then, I think, it got out of control,” he said. “The money just increased monthly that she was spending. She was just living off of the (company money), literally.”

Williams was indicted for the charges Oct. 25 and she was sentenced Aug. 14.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.