A former bookkeeper has been charged with embezzlement of $111,943 from the racetrack companies that offered betting on harness racing at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Ohio.
Susan L. Wilson, 48, of Lebanon, was indicted on two counts of grand theft and two counts of unauthorized use of property, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Wilson is accused of embezzling the money by writing 119 earning checks paid to winners and cashing them, in some cases by forging her husband’s signature, County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.
Wilson is accused of embezzling the funds from October 2010 to December 2012, while working for the Lebanon Trotting Club and Miami Valley Trotting Club, according to the indictment. The two companies offered betting on live harness races and simulcasts of other horse races before the move to the Miami Valley Gaming complex south of Lebanon in December.
Wilson was identified as the general manager of Lebanon Trotting in a 2012 story on the sale.
The theft was discovered in mid-2013 during accounting done in anticipation of the sale of the businesses to Miami Valley Gaming, Fornshell said.
Lebanon police presented the case to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this year, Fornshell said.
by Lawrence Budd, reprinted with permission by www.daytondailynews.com