Chagrin Falls clerk sentenced to 2 years probation, restitution for embezzlement charges

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (WJW) –  A Chagrin Falls clerk was sentenced Monday on several charges in connection with the embezzlement of over $238,000 between January 2000 and November 2019.

Debbie Bosworth, 53, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $313,856 in restitution to the Village of Chagrin Falls.

The FOX 8 I-Team learned in January that the clerk working for Chagrin Falls was indicted by Cuyahoga County prosecutors, accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the Building and Utilities department over a span of 20 years.

She pleaded no contest to several charges in June.

Bosworth was hired in 1997 and was responsible for payment processing, contractor registrations, building department permits, making deposits, and managing additional departmental accounting tasks.

Prosecutors said in November of 2019, Chagrin Falls officials noticed “financial discrepancies within the Building and Water Departments. They discovered irregularities between the departments’ bank accounts and accounting software, as well as monthly reports provided to the Finance Department.”

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O’Malley said in a statement, “We respectfully disagree with the judge’s decision. There has to be punishment beyond restitution or you’re just encouraging public employees to steal.”

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