Ross County Woman Indicted for Defrauding Employer of More Than $650,000

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced the indictment of a Ross County woman who’s alleged to have defrauded her employer of more than $650-thousand dollars.

39yo Stephanie Cottrell of Frankfort has been indicted in the Ross County Common Pleas Court on two felony charges of theft by deception.

As a controller for Rocal Inc., a Frankfort-based manufacturer of highway signs, Cottrell is alleged to have used company credit cards to make unauthorized personal purchases totaling more than $483-thousand from April of 2019 to November of 2021. The indictment also states that Cottrell paid herself more than $168-thousand in fraudulent overtime during the same period.

The case was referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Economic Crimes Unit from the Ross County Sheriff’s Office and investigated by the Economic Crimes Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Forensic Accounting Unit.

The Consumer Protection Economics Crime Unit is prosecuting the case.

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