For immediate release:
December 28, 2021
Inappropriate use of credit card during an audit of the village of West Lafayette
Columbus – The Office of State Auditor Keith Faber has released the 2019-2020 Financial Audit for the Village of West Lafayette (Coshocton County). The audit included a finding of $ 1,177 for recovery of improper credit card use which resulted in a guilty plea to one count of illegal compensation.
Thomas Grier was hired as a village administrator in May 2016 and has received and signed the Village Credit Card Holder Recognition Agreement which sets out various policies regarding the use of village vehicles, exceptions to purchase of gasoline and the use of the township credit card. Throughout his employment, auditors noted that Mr. Grier used his village-issued fuel credit card to purchase fuel for his personal vehicle when he made $ 1,177 in unauthorized fuel purchases. On July 20, 2020, Mr. Grier was charged with one count of theft in the line of duty, a felony of the fourth degree, by the Coshocton County grand jury, and in October 2021 pleaded guilty to one count. of illegal compensation, a first degree misdemeanor. He agreed to return the village a total amount of $ 1,177.
A recovery verdict was issued against Thomas Grier for an amount of $ 1,177, including $ 781 in favor of the General Village Fund, $ 82 in favor of the Village Street Fund and $ 314 in favor of the Public Services Fund. from the village. On October 18, 2021, Mr. Grier returned to the Village a total amount of $ 1,177.
A full copy of this report is available online.
The office of the Auditor of State, one of five independently elected state offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the leadership of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public bodies, and promotes transparency in government.