Ohio school employee charged with stealing $65K in equipment


CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Ohio school maintenance supervisor has been indicted for allegedly using the district’s money to buy $65,000 worth of equipment including a custom-built utility vehicle.

Court records show that 49-year-old Robert Schwerman has been indicted on theft in office and tampering with records charges. He worked for the Strongsville City Schools outside Cleveland.

Cleveland.com reports that the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office last week searched Schwerman’s home and found the $20,000 utility vehicle, a $9,000 lawnmower, a shed, a furnace, water heater, thermal cameras and a snow plow. Authorities say Schwerman bought the items using Strongsville district accounts.

The investigation of Schwerman began last year after an anonymous tip to the school district.

Court records don’t indicate whether Schwerman has an attorney. He doesn’t have a publicly listed telephone number.

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