UPDATE: Marietta Schools Employee Changes Plea To Guilty

By: Brittany Lowe, Todd Baucher Email
By: Brittany Lowe, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE: 4/8/2013

A former Marietta City Schools employee changed her plea Monday after stealing more than 145 thousand dollars from the schools.

Former Assistant Treasurer, Barbara Mincks changed her plea to guilty. Prosecutors say she wrote herself checks, embezzling thousands of dollars.

The court has ordered her to pay full restitution to Marietta Schools.

She also also agreed to sign over her retirement, totaling between 85 and 100 thousand dollars.

Mincks will be sentenced on May 21st and she could face up to three years in jail. However, the judge has indicated he plans to give her community control, due to lack of space in the jails and her not having a previous record.
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Updated: 12/10/2012 6:00 P.M.

$145,000.

That's the amount of money a former assistant treasurer is accused of stealing.

Barbara Mincks pleaded not guilty to one charge of theft Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Mincks, who was indicted last week by the Washington County Grand Jury, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

She was charged after ohio auditors discovered the money was missing earlier this fall.

"In the year 2007, she took only 800 dollars," said Prosecutor James Schneider. "Then, in 2008 and 2009, she started taking a lot of money. It was discovered by state auditors almost by accident in 2012. That's when the Marietta Police became involved and brought it to our attention."

Prosecutor Schneider says a freeze has been placed on Mincks' bank account...in an effort to recover the lost money.

Also, if she is convicted, prosecutors may try to block access to money in her state retirement fund.

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A Marietta City School district employee is now under investigation for possibly stealing public funds.

Marietta City Schools says Barbara Mincks has taken part in the manipulation and falsification of financial records.

They received this information October 3, 2012 through the Office of the State Auditor. Mincks was put on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

The Marietta Police are currently investigating.


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