COLUMBUS – A former program administrator charged with theft in office owes more than $10,000 to the Paulding County Soil and Water Conservation District, state auditors found.

The district’s financial audit released today issues findings for recovery against Coral Fetzer, ordering her to repay $9,984 for missing revenue and $765 for improper reimbursements she received.

Fetzer was indicted in October on charges of theft in office and tampering with records following an investigation by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Public Integrity Assurance Team.

The audit identified a shortage of $9,984 from customer payments that Fetzer collected from January 2012 through March 2016, when she was fired. Auditors said she failed to issue receipts for some of the payments, which were for rentals and product sales, and she did not submit the funds for deposit into the district’s bank account.

“A stronger system of internal controls could have detected these revenue shortages years ago,” Yost said. “The district needs to beef up its oversight with additional preventative measures to guard against future losses.”

District officials said in a response to the audit that they now require multiple employees to share revenue collection duties, reducing the chances for a theft to occur.

Auditors also reported a lack of supporting documentation for reimbursements of $765 paid to Fetzer, allegedly for website hosting and printing expenses. Without the necessary records, auditors could not determine whether the reimbursements were proper.

The report names former SWCD Board of Supervisors member Keith Wiesehan and current member Gary Derck jointly liable for $397 and $368, respectively, because they authorized the reimbursements.

A full copy of the district’s audit report is available online.

According to court records, Fetzer was employed at SWCD from October 2010 to March 2016. She was terminated “due to unsatisfactory job performance, insubordination and being untruthful.”

At her arraignment, Fetzer pleaded not guilty and was released on a personal recognizance bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 10. A jury trial currently is scheduled for Feb. 5-6.