North Ridgeville Mayor Dave Gillock announced through a press release this afternoon the resignation of long-time city employee Jenny Ocasio as the result of an ongoing investigation into theft in office.

“After discovering inconsistencies in the financial records of the Municipal Utilities Department, the city administration immediately conducted an internal investigation which revealed evidence of theft of water department deposits having been omitted by Ms. Ocasio,” Gillock said in the announcement. “The investigation was then turned over to the North Ridgeville Police Department. The city administration expects that the matter will soon be presented to the Lorain County prosecutor’s office upon the conclusion of the investigation, and that a felony indictment naming Ms. Ocasio will be issued.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, it appears at this point that the extent of the theft was approximately $9,250. The city intends to seek full recovery of the converted funds, and due to provisions of Ohio law concerning the acts of theft by public employees, expects the probability of receiving full restitution to be very high.”

Ocasio worked for the city for 13 years.

“After receiving notice of the administration’s intention to terminate her employment, Ms. Ocasio submitted her resignation as she is entitled to do pursuant to the terms of her union’s collective bargaining agreement,” the press release indicates.

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