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Elyria office manager faces theft charges

ELYRIA — The office manager for an Elyria commercial cleaning company has been indicted on two counts of theft for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 over seven years.

Sherry Scarbrough, 53, who worked for Carlson Service Co., is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges today.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the investigation by Elyria police determined that Scarbrough had paid herself excess wages and had made improper use of company credit cards. The indictment said the thefts took place between 2005 and 2012.

A police report said Jayne Carlson, one of the company’s owners, reported the thefts in August 2012. She told police that Scarbrough had used the company credit card to make personal purchases, including a lining for her pool, as well as using the company’s Sam’s Club card to buy gasoline and merchandise for her own use.

When Carlson told Scarbrough the company couldn’t afford to keep her on full time, Scarbrough continued to pay herself for hours she wasn’t working, the report said. An auditor hired by the company found that Scarbrough didn’t complete time sheets for herself.

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