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Chagrin Falls Clerk Indicted for Embezzling

Statement from the Mayor

As previously disclosed, a former Village employee stole funds from the Village. Yesterday this employee, was charged by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury with 22 counts of embezzlement. This is a purely legal issue and we will not be answering any questions regarding this matter, all questions need to be directed to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors office.

I want to assure everyone that their individual water and sewer bills and accounts were not adversely affected in any way by these thefts. The Village is insured for losses of this nature.

We will be making no further comment on this matter until it has been legally resolved.

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Mayor William Tomko

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Press Release

Chagrin Falls Clerk Indicted for Embezzling More Than $238,000 Over Two Decades While Employed in the Village’s Building and Utilities Departments

1/28/2021

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced that a grand jury has returned an indictment charging Debbie Bosworth, 53, for embezzling over $238,000 while working as a clerk for the Village of Chagrin Falls.

“Taxpayers expect their money to be handled properly and ethically,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “Ms. Bosworth exploited her position as a public employee and in the process violated the trust placed in her by the citizens of Chagrin Falls.”

Bosworth was hired in 1997 and served as a clerk for the Village’s Building and Utilities Departments. In her roles she was responsible for payment processing, contractor registrations, building department permits, making deposits, and managing additional departmental accounting tasks.

In November 2019, Village 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. The officials alerted the administration who then forwarded the information to the Chagrin Falls Police Department (CFPD) to investigate.

The investigation revealed that Bosworth stole cash from the Water Department and replaced the missing cash with checks that were to be deposited in the Building Department’s bank account. She then submitted falsified reports to the Finance Department to hide the theft. In December 2019, as allegations came to light, Bosworth altered records on the Building Department’s software program in a further attempt to conceal the crime. CFPD’s investigation uncovered that Bosworth embezzled over $238,000 between January 2000 and November 2019.

Bosworth has been indicted on the following charges:

  • Two counts of Theft In Office
  • Thirteen counts of Tampering with Records
  • Seven counts of Money Laundering

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, March 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Public Hearing – Council – 139 Bell Street (02/04/21, 7:00 PM)

January 15, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Council of the Village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021 utilizing a virtual meeting format pursuant to Section 1111.06 of the Planning and Zoning Code whereby Council has been petitioned by three council members to review the decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals in approving a variance to the following Section to allow a barber shop use in the Office zoning district at 139 Bell Street, Permanent Parcel No. 931-18-021:

  1. Section 1135.02(a) Office District; Permitted Uses; Main Uses.

In accordance with Sub. HB 197, this meeting will be held as a remote meeting.  No one will be in attendance at the Village Hall Council Chambers and the public is not permitted to access the Council Chambers during the meeting.  Access is available to the public only via telephone, YouTube, and through Zoom web conferencing.  Instructions on joining the meeting using these methods are listed on the village website at www.chagrin-falls.org.  If you wish to view the project materials prior to the meeting, please contact Robert Jamieson, Chief Administrative Officer, at (440) 247-5050 or at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org.

The public may appear remotely and speak and present written comments, or other documents given to the Chief Administrative Officer, at least three business days prior to the hearing, either by email at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org , sending PDF format documents, or by delivering the documents to the Village using the drop box in front of  Village Hall addressed to the Chief Administrative Officer and noting that they are documents to be used in the hearing for 139 Bell Street on February 4, 2021.

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Robert S. Jamieson

Chief Administrative Officer

Public Hearing – BZA – 195 North Street (1/26/21, 7:30 PM)

January 6, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Chagrin Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 utilizing a virtual meeting format at the request of James and Erin Fisher for a variance to Section 1125.03(a)(d)(f)(g)(h), Area, Yard, and Height Regulations: Main Buildings and Section 1145.02(b), Nonconforming Buildings and Structures, specifically at 195 North Street, Permanent Parcel Nos. 931-14-005 and 931-14-006.

In accordance with Sub. HB 197, this meeting will be held as a remote meeting. Noone will be in attendance at the Village Hall Council Chambers and the public is not permitted to access the Council Chambers during the meeting. Access is available to the public only via telephone, YouTube, and through Zoom web conferencing. Instructions on joining the meeting using these methods are listed on the village website at www.chagrin-falls.org. If you wish to view the project materials prior to the meeting, please contact Robert Jamieson, Chief Administrative Officer, at (440) 247-2798 or at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org.

The public may appear remotely and speak and present written comments or other documents given to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village at least three business days prior to the hearing, either by email at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org, sending PDF format documents, or by delivering the documents to the Village using the drop box in the front of Village Hall addressed to the Chief Administrative Officer and noting they are documents to be used in the hearing for 195 North Street on January 26, 2021.

Robert Jamieson
Chief Administrative Officer

Public Hearing – BZA – 87 West Street (1/26/21, 7:30 PM)

January 6, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Chagrin Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 utilizing a virtual meeting format at the request of Rick Doody – NCR Ventures and PCHE RP2, L.L.C. for a variance to Section 1141.05, Schedule of Required Off-Street Parking Spaces, specifically at 87 West Street, Permanent Parcel No. 932-06-052.

In accordance with Sub. HB 197, this meeting will be held as a remote meeting. Noone will be in attendance at the Village Hall Council Chambers and the public is not permitted to access the Council Chambers during the meeting. Access is available to the public only via telephone, YouTube, and through Zoom web conferencing. Instructions on joining the meeting using these methods are listed on the village website at www.chagrin-falls.org. If you wish to view the project materials prior to the meeting, please contact Robert Jamieson, Chief Administrative Officer, at (440) 247-2798 or at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org.

The public may appear remotely and speak and present written comments or other documents given to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village at least three business days prior to the hearing, either by email at rjamieson@chagrin-falls.org, sending PDF format documents, or by delivering the documents to the Village using the drop box in the front of Village Hall addressed to the Chief Administrative Officer and noting they are documents to be used in the hearing for 87 West Street on January 26, 2021.

Robert Jamieson
Chief Administrative Officer