State auditor fires employees for failing to notice South Amherst clerk’s alleged theft

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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio- The state auditor held a news conference Friday morning following accusations that a clerk in South Amherst was stealing money to buy lottery tickets.

Kimberly Green (Photo Credit: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)

Kimberly Green (Photo Credit: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)

In May, clerk-treasurer Kim Green was charged with theft. Police said she stole more than $500,000 from the village, which has an annual budget of just under $2 million.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said he was concerned by the news and performed an audit on the village of South Amherst. That audit found a line auditor claimed to perform proper audit procedures, but did not complete the work. Because of this falsification,  Green's alleged theft went unreported.   Yost said he didn't know if that auditor acted for personal gain or out of negligence.

"I fired that son of a b****," Yost said during the news conference. He also fired one supervisor and demoted another.

"There is no excuse for this failure," Yost said. "This is my most disappointing day in public service."

Green held the position from 2010 until April.