By Wayne Allen
A Scioto County grand jury handed down an indictment on former Scioto County employee Kendra Hobson.
The indictment, filed on Aug. 19, includes three counts: theft in office (a felony of the third degree), tampering with records (a felony of the fourth degree), and grand theft (a felony of the fourth degree).
In July of 2013 it was reported that Hobson was being investigated by the State Auditor’s office. According to an old Scioto County employee directory of the Scioto County Courthouse, Hobson was listed as working in the Economic Development Office with the title “Revolving Loan Fund/Flood Plain.”
Scioto County Auditor David Green said at the time, “Effective June 3, 2013, Kendra was involuntarily terminated. They placed her on administrative leave for maybe a week (prior to her being involuntarily terminated) and then had a hearing and terminated her.”
Apel said he was unfamiliar with the case but the dates associated with the charges are March 22, 2006, to Jan. 4, 2014, on the charges of theft in office; March 22, 2011, on charges of tampering with records, and March 22, 2006, to Jan. 1, 2014, on charges of grand theft. He said the maximum sentence for these charges would be six years.
When asked what happens now, Apel said. “she’ll be served with the indictment and placed for arraignment, which is where she will enter a plea of most likely not guilty. Then it will be set for a pre-trial and set for jury trial.”
Chairman of the Scioto Commissioners Mike Crabtree could not be reached for comment.
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