By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
GROVE CITY —
The former executive director of Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City, was charged Friday with theft and access-device fraud.
The Herald was unable to obtain a copy of the criminal complaint filed by Grove City police against Cecelia H. Yauger, 55, of Grove City,. But her attorney, Eugene P. Tempesta of Cranberry Township, Butler County, acknowledged the charges stem from her time at Midwestern.
Yauger was arraigned by District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, and waived her preliminary hearing. She will be arraigned in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Nov. 12.
Yauger did not enter a plea, and Tempesta answered, “I don’t know what you mean” when asked if she would defend herself.
Police charged Yauger with theft of movable property, and using an access-device card, such as a credit card, to obtain goods or services without authorization.
McEwen released Yauger on bond.
Midwestern is a state agency that provides support and services to school districts in Mercer, Lawrence and Butler counties.
Yauger was placed on leave in March and resigned April 24 after allegations surfaced that she misued a Midwestern-issued credit card. In her resignation agreement, she said she would pay back whatever Midwestern determines she owes for improper or unauthorized use of Midwestern resources, property or funds.
Midwestern said Yauger’s credit card charges ranged between $14,000 and $28,300 a year from 2008 through 2012. She was named to the top post in 2007 after working at another position within the intermediate unit.