Former Treasurer Indicted for Stealing from District

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BEREA, Ohio — The former treasurer of the Berea School District, his wife and a business partner have been indicted for reportedly stealing from the district.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Randal Scherf, 44, and Jennifer Scherf, 43, both of Port Clinton, and Michael Langford, 66, of Maineville, face charges including theft in office, tampering with records, money laundering, forgery and having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Randal Scherf, the former school treasurer, and his wife, Jennifer, are accused of submitting falsified documents to the Berea School District for reimbursement for medical co-payments and deductibles between Oct. 1, 2009 and April 1, 2012.

Randal Scherf submitted a total of $20,764 in unauthorized reimbursements, which were also billed to the school district, according to reports.

The prosecutor’s office also said he used his position to authorize a district contract with Healthsmart, a business associate of Scherf’s private business. Randal Scherf then hired Michael Langford to administer the reimbursement program for the district.

The Scherfs also presented a forged document to the district to justify COBRA payment reimbursements claimed by Randy, so the school system would reimburse him for those as well.

A total of $28,000 was stolen from the school district.

All three suspects are set to appear in court on April 25.

The case was investigated by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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