ELYRIA — A Lorain County Jail guard, a former Lorain County Drug Task Force agent and some of their family members have been indicted on theft charges.
They are accused of stealing money from an elderly family member they were caring for and using it to buy a house.
Corrections Officer Bart Kubisen, 57, is charged with a single count of theft, while former Drug Task Force Agent Roy Warner, 71, faces two counts of theft from an elderly person.
Warner’s wife, Vesta Warner, 70, also faces two counts of theft from an elderly person, while Kubisen’s ex-wife, 43-year-old Robyn Kubisen, who is also the Warners’ daughter, is charged with one count of theft and two counts of theft from an elderly person. Court records show that Bart and Robyn Kubisen divorced in 2007.
The four family members are accused of using deception and intimidation to gain control of money that wasn’t theirs, Assistant County Prosecutor Dave Muhek said. The victim in the case had received more than $100,000 in compensation for injuries sustained in an accident. Muhek said the Warners and Kubisens stole the money, he said.
“We have a number of individuals in a family who took advantage of another family member,” Muhek said.
The Warners, along with Robyn Kubisen, all live at 52967 state Route 18 in Brighton Township, a property that Roy Warner purchased in July 2012 for $224,000. Muhek said that house was bought in part with money that was taken from the victim in the case.
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of that property because it was allegedly acquired through the commission of a felony.
The charges stem from a period between June and September 2012, except for one theft charge against Robyn Kubisen, which allegedly took place between June and October 2015.
Drug Task Force Commander Dennis Cavanaugh and Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal both said that the crimes Roy Warner and Bart Kubisen are accused of have nothing to do with their law-enforcement duties.
Cavanaugh said he couldn’t comment on the allegations against Warner, who is also a retired Cleveland police officer, because the investigation was handled by county Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation.
“We certainly weren’t a part of that investigation for obvious reasons,” he said.
Laubenthal said Kubisen was placed on unpaid leave after being served with the indictment against him after he came to work Thursday evening. An administrative investigation into the allegations against Kubisen will take place once the criminal case is over, he said.
“Obviously we’re disappointed that the employee is involved in allegations as serious as this and we will be taking the appropriate steps to ensure we maintain the public trust,” he said.
The Warners and Kubisens are free on bond and are scheduled to be arraigned next week.