Melinda Langston, finance director since October 2010, fell under scrutiny during the investigation. While she is not the only one with access to the facility’s finances, her status as director meant her hands were never far from the purse strings, officials said.
Deputies have not filed charges yet, as they’re awaiting word from the Ohio Auditor’s Office about another possible audit, Oliver said.
In a pre-disciplinary conference the day before she was fired, Langston, “stated that she took $242.60 from a resident with the intent to return it,” according to documents in her personnel file. Those funds came from one resident’s Medicaid allowance for personal expenditures, Erie County administrator Pete Daniel said.
“The seriousness of Ms. Langston’s actions while in the key position of finance director, along with her being fully aware of the consequences of her actions... more serious discipline should be considered,” termination papers in her personnel file stated.
During interviews with investigators, Langston only admitted involvement in a portion of the missing funds.
“Ms. Langston stated that she admitted to taking money after she took a ‘brow-beating’ from the Deputy who accused her of stealing $10,000 to $12,000, of which Langston said she did not,” according to documents in her personnel file.
Once investigators hammer out which accounts are missing funds, criminal charges will be forthcoming, Oliver said.
In the meantime, Langston was relieved of her $39,000-a-year salary, and she will have to continue answering tough questions.
Once their investigation is complete, deputies will confer with the county prosecutor to determine possible charges, Oliver said.