A former employee accused of the theft of more than $350,000 since 2007 from the Cuyahoga Falls Library has struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid trial, according to a spokesperson for Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne S. Callahan.
Theresa M. Karm, of Tallmadge appeared before Judge Callahan this morning, Oct. 30, and entered a guilty plea to aggravated theft, according to April Wiesner, director of communications for the Summit County Prosecutor’s office. Callahan sentenced Karm to three years in prison, which was suspended; five years of community control; 180 days of house arrest; and ordered her to pay full restitution, Wiesner said.
Michael Bowler, Karm’s attorney, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
On Aug. 7, a Summit County grand jury indicted Karm on an aggravated theft charge and a theft in office charge, both third-degree felonies. Karm entered a “not guilty” plea during her arraignment Aug. 21.
Karm started working at the library in June 1996. According to Library Director Kevin Rosswurm, she “was terminated (for cause) on March 13, 2013,” but he has declined to offer more details.
“She has always been the library’s fiscal officer,” according to Rosswurm. “She was hired as financial secretary,” he said, and performed the same job under several different titles over the years. Rosswurm was Karm’s supervisor and he filed the initial report with police on March 20.
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