Festival co-chair charged with taking $20K

Nov 19, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer

BATAVIA - A former secretary at St. Thomas More School who was co-chair of the Catholic church's summer festival has been charged with stealing more than $20,000. Rhonda J. Roberts of Anderson Township faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if found guilty of grand theft from the Union Township parish, according to the ...

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Euro

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 22, 2010
and how much more was taken in the years past for cash that was taken from parents sending in money for magazines, yankee candle sales? how many trips that were never seen at the bid n buy, but used for Rhonda's own use? How much was taken from Bingo that never made any money because she was in charge? How much was taken from the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip? this is just sickening.
Euro

Columbus, OH

#3 Nov 30, 2010
So she has to plea or trial is set December 21. This woman was arrested in Michigan in the 1990's for forgery and counterfeiting and now is convicted of a 4th degree felony. It will never be known how much this woman stole from her employer, her parish.
Paul

Covington, KY

#4 Dec 1, 2010
Ask yourself this….. Who else knew? How could this happen(no checks and balances)? Was a background check never done? I think this story goes deeper than what is on the surface. The principle should also be fired. So many generous parents, parishioners, and children have been stolen from. This just makes me sick.
Euro wrote:
So she has to plea or trial is set December 21. This woman was arrested in Michigan in the 1990's for forgery and counterfeiting and now is convicted of a 4th degree felony. It will never be known how much this woman stole from her employer, her parish.
Euro

Flushing, NY

#5 Dec 9, 2010
The principle had nothing to do with it. Rhonda stuck a knife in many backs. It is so wrong on so many levels...so many people questioned different things and actions over the years.., and nobody stepped forward? I do not understand why someone would not step up and ask "what is wrong with this picture?"
Paul wrote:
Ask yourself this….. Who else knew? How could this happen(no checks and balances)? Was a background check never done? I think this story goes deeper than what is on the surface. The principle should also be fired. So many generous parents, parishioners, and children have been stolen from. This just makes me sick.
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Richard

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Dec 10, 2010
Euro, I guess when you state that you don't understand why no one stood up and asked "what's wrong with this picture?", I guess that includes you? I think most people overlooked things because of the good things that she was doing for the church, school, and parish! The church will get its money back, but not the trust and that will affect every volunteer from this point forward, and that's where the real damage was done!
jj moss

Pickerington, OH

#7 Dec 10, 2010
i am a grandchild of her and i think the jury was right to arresst her because she also took mony out of her husbans bank and draned his account i hate this woman and i will hate her forever
anonymous

United States

#8 Dec 10, 2010
it doesn't matter if she did 1 and only 1 thing good for the school/parrish/community over the time she was involved....RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG.
Richard wrote:
Euro, I guess when you state that you don't understand why no one stood up and asked "what's wrong with this picture?", I guess that includes you? I think most people overlooked things because of the good things that she was doing for the church, school, and parish! The church will get its money back, but not the trust and that will affect every volunteer from this point forward, and that's where the real damage was done!
Paul

Covington, KY

#9 Dec 12, 2010
The principle should be fired, and had a lot to do with it. She not only hired Roberts but allowed her to do many questionable things in the school office on school time. Many complained about Roberts and the one person(the principle) who was in a position of power to do something decided to look the other way. Roberts was a paid employee in a position where her supervisor(the principle) let her do and act however she liked. No checks and balances, this should have never been allowed to happened.
Euro wrote:
The principle had nothing to do with it. Rhonda stuck a knife in many backs. It is so wrong on so many levels...so many people questioned different things and actions over the years.., and nobody stepped forward? I do not understand why someone would not step up and ask "what is wrong with this picture?"
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Kathy

Cincinnati, OH

#10 Dec 14, 2010
You hit the nail on the head! She should resign.
Paul wrote:
The principle should be fired, and had a lot to do with it. She not only hired Roberts but allowed her to do many questionable things in the school office on school time. Many complained about Roberts and the one person(the principle) who was in a position of power to do something decided to look the other way. Roberts was a paid employee in a position where her supervisor(the principle) let her do and act however she liked. No checks and balances, this should have never been allowed to happened.
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Laura

Columbus, OH

#11 Dec 20, 2010
There were so many questions asked and nothing was ever done for years. ridiculous. If those who were in position to answer the parents and parishioners questions as to why Rhonda had so much power and turned their heads, then they should resign as well. over and over again there were questions as to why she had so much power and never once was someone given an answer. The parents who had children in teh Christmas play did not get their DVD's because she would tell the parents to just send in cash. She never ordered the DVD's, she kept the money. She may not get what she deserves, but she will after this life.

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