April 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Feds charge former deputy clerk

Sierra Dozier

Sierra Dozier

Federal prosecutors have charged a former deputy clerk of courts for Lorain Municipal Court with mail fraud for allegedly stealing while on the job.

The charge against 26-year-old Sierra Dozier came in the form of an information, a charging document typically used when a defendant is preparing to plead guilty in a case.

Dozier is accused of stealing between $15,000 and $20,000 beginning in March 2012 and running through May, when she was arrested on unrelated drug charges stemming from an investigation Lorain police were conducting into her now-husband, Julio Osorio.

During a May 14 raid at the couple’s Columbo Lane home, police reported finding six pounds of marijuana and $862 in cash that they contend Osorio planned to use for drug deals. They also discovered Lorain Municipal Court documents, including traffic citations, checks payable to the court and envelopes belonging to the clerk’s office.

That touched off an investigation into exactly what Dozier was doing with the documents and her work at the clerk’s office.

According to an affidavit prepared by FBI Special Agent Casey Carty, Dozier admitted during a May 28 interview with Lorain police and local prosecutors that she had stolen the money.

Dozier told authorities that she would take checks criminal defendants sent to the court to cover court costs and fines and put the checks in her drawer before taking out the same amount of cash. She also admitted to taking money that defendants paid in person at the court.

After she stole the money, Carty wrote, Dozier would deposit the money into her own bank account.

According to the information, Dozier would make changes in the clerk’s record system to conceal that she had stolen the money, including changing court-ordered cash bonds to personal bonds.

The information also said she sometimes used bond money for her own purposes.

Despite her efforts to conceal the missing money, the information said Dozier sometimes failed to make sufficient changes to cover up her crimes.

For instance, when defendants who had paid their fines ended up with suspended licenses because she hadn’t properly recorded that they had made the required payments, Dozier would inform the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles that there had been a clerical error.

Even after her arrest, Dozier was allegedly still trying to hide evidence of her alleged illegal activities, including June 20, when she allegedly sent out court documents to a driver who had received a ticket.

According to Carty’s affidavit, the FBI is still investigating how Dozier managed to deposit $48,187 beyond her wages from the clerk’s office into her bank account between February 2012 and May 10, 2013.

That appears to be the subject of an ongoing investigation.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said his office isn’t involved in the federal case against Dozier, but is conducting its own investigation into her activities. He declined to comment further on the matter.

Dozier, whose defense attorney did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday, was fired by Clerk of Courts Lori Maiorana after being indicted on state drug and child endangering charges in July.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • Lari Masters

    Guess they deserved each other!! lmao!! Real pieces of scum!

  • Macdaddyoh

    It’s just another level of corruption in the city

  • GreatRedeemer

    How on earth are there not accounting controls in place to prevent this from happening. I sure hope the state and the FBI are going to be looking further under the covers.

  • Zen Grouch

    Dang!

    She looks closer to 56 than 26!

    I guess years of thieving takes it out of you.

    • Joe Smith

      If her hair was straight up, she would look like one of those troll dolls from the 70′s.
      Google troll doll and then compare it to the picture

      • Zen Grouch

        She’s scarier and sadder…

  • DonMega

    Look at that mugshot,only a judge could love.

  • oldruss

    It would be interesting to know how Dozier got her job with the Clerk of Court. Who did she know? Who made the decision to hire her? Was any kind of background check run on her before she was entrusted with the Clerk of Court’s money, court records, bail requiremets, etc.?

    • truth

      That crooked court, they need to fire the entire court system up there. they care more about driving without a license than murder and overdoses

  • Hope M Davidson-Horn

    It really amazes me that no one other person knew she was stealing and altering documents, and has I read they interviewed her in May about stealing and still she had her job tll July and was finally fired…… What happens to all the peoples lives she may have ruined by falsifying those documents… This shot is crazy but the everyday jane and Joe have to pay for this ladies ill regard for her actions. I serously know why people are going postal and shooting up these places and people,; we have govners getting busted with drugs and DUIs and just going to work for the public like no problem and type of punishment, if that was an everyday person there daily life would be basically ruined and very freakin costly plus future job oppurtinities…… FFFFFNNNNN ridiclous!!!!!