November 27, 2014

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Former court clerk faces more charges

Sierra Dozier

Sierra Dozier

ELYRIA — Sierra Dozier is facing another round of charges for accusations that she stole while she was working as a deputy clerk of courts in Lorain Municipal Court.

Dozier, 26, has been indicted by a Lorain County grand jury on four counts of tampering with records and two counts each of theft in office and theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, comes less than two weeks after she pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the state investigation into Dozier was separate from the case built by federal authorities. He said the federal agencies involved and Lorain police were informed that his office intended to pursue its own investigation into Dozier’s activities.

Both the state and federal cases center on allegations Dozier stole between $15,000 and $20,000 between March 2012 and May 2013, when Dozier was arrested as part of a drug raid on the home she shared with her now-husband, Julio Osorio.

During the raid, Lorain police discovered Lorain Municipal Court documents, including traffic citations, checks payable to the court and envelopes belonging to the clerk’s office, according to an FBI affidavit prepared as part of the federal case.

The May 14 raid also turned up six pounds of marijuana and $862 in cash at the Columbo Lane home. Both Dozier and Osorio are facing drug charges in that case.

In his affidavit, FBI Special Agent Casey Carty wrote that Dozier admitted during a May 28 interview with Lorain police and a representative from Will’s office that she stole from the court by putting checks that criminal defendants mailed in to cover court costs and fines in her drawer and taking a corresponding amount of money out.

She also admitted to stealing money from defendants she waited on in person and to changing court-ordered cash bonds to personal bonds so she could pocket the cash, according to the affidavit.

Carty wrote that Dozier then took steps to cover up the thefts by altering court records so that defendants wouldn’t lose their driver’s licenses or otherwise notice that their fines and costs hadn’t been credited as being paid.

Clerk of Courts Lori Maiorana suspended Dozier following her initial arrest in May and fired her when she was indicted on drug and child-endangering charges in July.

Although Dozier admitted to stealing, Carty wrote that investigators are still trying to determine how she deposited $48,187 beyond her wages into her bank account between February 2012 and May 10, 2013. That was a larger amount than she admitted to stealing.

Dozier’s lawyers did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

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


  • Brandy Lynn

    Obviously she stole more than she admitted AND she and her husband were indicted on drug charges, so there you go.

    • Dave Sommers

      I wonder how much she was making at her job?

  • GreatRedeemer

    So how was this pilfering of the courts money accomplished. Who is running the show over there ? Anymore missing money.

  • donmega

    Please not this face again.

  • Pablo Jones

    Wow she is 26. From the picture I thought she was in her 30′s or 40′s.

  • callithowiseeit

    Im one of the many people she stole from. I was sent a check from the clerk of courts for $70. I just knew my remaining balance was inaccurate. Shame on you!

  • Chelsie Hensley

    Ive known sierra for a long time she is an amazing woman that made a few bad choices… Don’t we all?? Only god can judge!

    • Pablo Jones

      No, anybody can judge. And judging by what I’ve read I’m sure she’s made more than a few bad choices.

    • callithowiseeit

      This wasn’t a mistake she knew damn well what she was doing. She deserves every bit of punishment she gets. My speeding ticket was a mistake… her being bitchy to me as I paid my ticket and then pocketing my money is theft. I work hard for my money for it to be stolen.

    • WTFnext

      Maybe she shared some of the stolen money with you and that’s why you find her so amazing? I personally find it amazing that she managed to get away with it for so long. And if it hadn’t been for the drug raid, she would probably still be making “bad choices”, as you call it. Lock the ugly troll doll face away.

  • stop ur whining

    shocking a liar and a thief stole and lied.

  • oldruss

    Was any background check run on her BEFORE she was hired?
    Who hired her?
    How was she able to steal so much without anyone in the Clerk of Court’s office realizing what she was doing?

  • shadow

    This happened in my hometown in Missouri!! A lady clerk stole over $8 million. She had a gambling problem, took the family on expensive vacations, bought everyone she knew a new vehicles, built a new home etc. etc…..she left tracks all over and covered up by telling co workers her husband had gotten a huge inheritance. She had been stealing for years and everyone just assumed the family was wealthy. NOT!!

    Many courts have lousy accounting practices. You’d think they would have the latest and the greatest but no, actually most of them could not pass an audit by the State Auditor which taxpayers can request anytime.

    In our case the clerk went to jail and she died there. She got 20 years or something but did not live long. True story. While the public was angry at her for the theft (she was a long time employee of the county) no one wanted the lady to die. That was a really sad thing.