Woman pleads guilty to theft from local groups

Suspect stole more than $110,000 from the bank accounts of school, community and youth baseball groups.
MCT Regional News
May 28, 2013

A former Perrysburg woman admitted in Wood County Common Pleas Court to stealing more than $110,000 from the bank accounts of school, community, and youth baseball groups and using the money on personal expenses and services.

Kiki Lorann, 36, who now lives in Tiffin, pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of grand theft and three counts of theft. When sentenced July 16 by Judge Robert Pollex, who handled her pleas to the felonies, she faces up to eight years in prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Tom Matuszak said she took the position of volunteer treasurer in six Perrysburg-area groups from 2010 to 2012. He said she had the authority to pay the legitimate expenses of the organizations, but instead misspent money in their accounts on personal items and services.

Two Perrysburg school groups sustained the largest financial loss from Lorann’s embezzlement: Perrysburg Elementary Parents Association lost $48,728, and Toth Parents Club had $43,793 taken from its account.

The other victims and the amount of money stolen are: Perrysburg Sting baseball team, $3,067; Perrysburg Gold travel baseball team, $9,944; Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission, $2,600, and Perrysburg Dirtbag baseball travel team, $1,915.

Mr. Matuszak said the thefts were carried out by Lorann writing checks on accounts held by the groups and purchasing personal goods and services on credit and debit cards. He said she often made interbank transfers of funds to conceal the fraudulent transactions.

The assistant prosecutor said representatives of the groups will be allowed to make victim-impact statements at the woman’s sentencing. He said he will ask Judge Pollex for a sentence that includes Lorann making restitution to the organizations. None of the organizations had representatives at the hearing.

Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler said the crimes committed by Lorann damage the trust of volunteers and parents who unselfishly give their time and money.

“I think that any time there is a theft like this, it really stirs and shakes the core group of people who have worked so hard to improve the quality of education and the experiences the kids have in the schools,” he said.

Mr. Hosler said that after learning about the embezzled funds the school district took steps to work with leaders of school support groups to improve financial accounting and ensure that there are safeguards to discourage theft.

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By Mark Reiter - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

bigmal1971

It'd be particularly convenient if the city/area could be determined prior to clicking on the news story. There are numerous stories that look interesting until you open the link and find out it's not in this area.

Ispeed2_69

I bet you read it and then complained.... who cares where it is? Just shows there are idiots everywhere would you rather she be your next door neighbor?? I sure dont

Ehovemom

I subscribe to the Reflector for "Local" news. I can hear/see/read Toledo news from the Toledo newspapers or stations. Just like the horrible crime in Alaska. I have already read it on national news sites. It would be nice if the Reflector could focus on LOCAL news. Even if it is just good news and not sensational.

Estrella Damm

Not local. reFAILector.

WASP71

Then why do you keep reading it if it's such a failure? Why don't you either stop reading or stop whining about it? If it's not local and you don't want to read it then click your back button and go to something else. Sound like a whiny a^* 2 year old. Shut up.

Estrella Damm

No.

WASP71

Then stop bit*hen.

Estrella Damm

But it is awesome they put local in the headline title.

SLIM..W

Amen stop cryin. Read other stuff. Dirty water drinkers...keep getin ur water where u know its clean