A former Cuyahoga Falls Library employee entered a "not guilty" plea during her arraignment on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on a pair of felony charges related to the alleged theft of more than $350,000 since 2007 from the library.
On Aug. 7, a Summit County grand jury indicted Theresa M. Karm, of Tallmadge, on an aggravated theft charge and a theft in office charge, both third-degree felonies.
Karm's attorney, Michael Bowler, entered a "not guilty" plea on her behalf before Magistrate John Shoemaker of the Summit County Common Pleas Court.
A pretrial was set for Sept. 4 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Lynne S. Callahan.
Karm's bond was set at 10 percent of $100,000 and she was ordered to have no contact with the Cuyahoga Falls Library.
Karm started working at the library in June 1996. According to Library Director Kevin Rosswurm, she "was terminated (for cause) on March 13, 2013."
Karm's replacement hired
The Cuyahoga Falls Library has hired Susan Finley as its new fiscal officer, its director, Kevin Rosswurm, reports. Her first day on the job will be Sept. 3 and she will earn an annual salary of $53,500.
Finley possesses a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pace University in New York. According to Rosswurm, she has worked in a variety of positions at the Hudson Library and Historical Society since 1997 and has served as its deputy fiscal officer since 2010.
"Not only is Sue familiar with a wide variety of public library operations," Rosswurm says, "but she has experience with our current accounting software and our health care provider."
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