Woman reportedly takes over $30,000 from Guernsey County agency
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A former worker at Guernsey County Children's Services has been charged with theft while in office.
A Bill of Information was filed in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday charging 43-year-old Melissa D. Keylor of Cambridge with one count of â€śTheft in Officeâ€ť and one count of â€śGrand Theftâ€ť. According to Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney, Daniel G. Padden, Keylor was previously employed as a supervisor at Guernsey County Children Services and served as the coordinator of the Guernsey County Child Advocacy Center. The suspect is expected to appear in the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court before Judge David A. Ellwood on October 1 to enter a plea to the charges.
â€śThe matter was referred to the Guernsey County Sheriffâ€™s Office for investigation,â€ť said Padden. â€śDue to the close working relationship between the Defendant and the Guernsey County Sheriff Officeâ€™s Detectives, Tuscarawas County Detective Jeff Moore was assigned to handle the investigationâ€ť, said Padden. â€śUpon receipt of the results of Det. Mooreâ€™s investigation, the Bill of Information was filed with the Court.â€ť
Nicole Caldwell, Executive Director of the Guernsey County Children Services Board stated, â€śMs. Keylor was placed on administrative leave and law enforcement was notified. During the process of our investigation, Ms. Keylor officially resigned her position at the agency. Guernsey County Children Services has, and will continue, to work with law enforcement and the Prosecutor to recoup any misused funds and to move forward, despite this regrettable event. Due to the policies and procedures that were in places at the time, the loss of funds was minimized for our agency. Ms. Keylorâ€™s actions are in no way reflective of the practices and values set forth by Guernsey County Children Services and are unacceptable and contradictory of our mission. Guernsey County Children Services will continue to work collaboratively with its partners to protect children and strengthen families in our community.â€ť
Under the terms of the negotiated plea, Keylor will repay approximately $1,700.00 to the Children Services Board and almost $30,000.00 to the Child Advocacy Center. In an effort to recover those monies, Padden has placed a detainer on any retirement funds that may be due to Keylor.