OIG: $440,000 stolen used for liposuction, other personal items

8:33 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer issued a report of investigation Friday identifying a theft of $440,000, resulting in the indictment of a former employee of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities by the Montgomery County Grand Jury.

After the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities received a call from a bank questioning the validity of several checks, a joint investigation was launched by the Ohio Inspector General and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The investigation revealed Douglas Carter, 46, of Gahanna, a department of developmental disabilities employee, cashed 146 fraudulent checks resulting in the theft of $440,000 from Ohio taxpayers and residents at two developmental centers.

Carter was indicted Friday on 15 felony counts including aggravated theft, theft in office, forgery, money laundering and tampering with government records.

Carter was business administrator of a state-operated center in Huber Heights from 2009 until March 2012.

Authorities say Carter took Social Security, disability and pension money from an account for patients, using it for personal expenses including liposuction.

Carter committed the thefts while employed at the Montgomery Developmental Center in Dayton and the Warrensville Developmental Center in Cleveland.

Inspector General Randall Meyer said, "Carter abandoned his duty to protect some of our state's most vulnerable citizens, and instead chose to victimize the developmentally disabled and the Ohio taxpayers to gratify his own desire for cash, cars, and jewelry."


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