A Brookfield woman was arraigned March 4 on charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $170,000 from a township business.
Tracey Obermiyer, 50, of 499 Obermiyer Road, also faces a civil suit, regarding the same allegations, which was filed by Village Green Veterinary Service and Kilar Properties LLC, which have a veterinary practice in Brookfield.
Charged criminally with identity theft and forgery, Obermiyer did not enter a plea because the charges are felonies. She faces a preliminary hearing March 11 in Trumbull County Eastern District Court. She was released on her own recognizance.
promoThe civil suit was filed Feb. 5 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Obermiyer was fired Jan. 31, 2019, as office manager and a subsequent audit discovered, according to the suit, that she: stole and diverted money to pay her personal bills and expenses, satisfy loan obligations of her husband, and buy real estate and personal property; wrote and/or forged unauthorized checks to herself, and forged Dr. Kelly Kilar’s name; filed false tax and employment documents; created fraudulent records related to employee withholdings and payroll records; took and/or destroyed banking records, canceled checks and other business records; failed to pay taxes, withholdings, vendor accounts and other financial obligations; and obtained at least two loans for more than $65,000 in the names of the plaintiffs and without permission.
Obermiyer caused a loss of more than $154,000 in interest, penalties, late fees, expenses and other costs that had to be paid as a result of her actions, the suit said.
The suit suit also names Obermiyer’s husband, Thomas J., “who is believed to have received and/or benefited from the activities of” his wife, the suit alleges.
The suit seeks the return of the stolen money; an award to cover the penalties and costs the plaintiffs had to pay as a result of the alleged embezzlement; punitive damages; and court orders to prevent the further, use, disposition or destruction of property stolen or purchased with the proceeds of the theft.