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July 8, 2014

Former Unit IV director accused of theft

GROVE CITY — Federal prosecutors have filed a bill of information charging the former head of Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City, with theft concerning a program receiving federal funds.

Cecilia Yauger, 56, of 46 W. Glenora Drive, Grove City, previously was charged by Grove City police based on similar allegations and those charges have been on hold pending possible federal action.

Yauger waived indictment on the charge, a possible indication that she already has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. No date for an initial appearance in federal court was listed in her on-line docket.

Yauger was executive director of the agency that serves school districts in Mercer, Butler and Lawrence counties from July 1, 2007, through April 24, 2013, when she resigned. The federal charge concerns her handling of an agency credit card in 2012.

The indictment said she used the card to make more than $5,000 in personal purchases and signed off on them as being related to her position.

She did not retain receipts or submit travel vouchers during her tenure, the indictment said.

If convicted, Yauger could be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined up to $250,000.

The Grove City charges cover the period Aug. 28, 2007, through April 30, 2013, and only allege that she made more than $2,000 in illegal purchases.

Grove City police said Yauger’s work computer included a file called “Talking to God” in which she made statements, “I used the card for the wrong reasons. I know it. I did it”; “My bad decisions have finally buried me”; and “I feel like a thief or criminal in hiding because I am.”

Yauger wrote a memo to the agency’s solicitor in which she said, “I am guilty of making poor decisions and choices when it comes to accounting for and engaging in work related expenditures,” police said.

She also admitted there were items bought with the credit card that were personal and that she “fell into bad practice of convenience.” police said.

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