Recently filed court documents allege a former Alexandria fiscal officer stole more than $170,000 from the small Licking County village, more than double the amount officials originally estimated when she was indicted last year.
Laura VanScoy Andrews, 49, of Utica, was indicted in July on charges of theft in office, tampering with records and dereliction of duty. Prosecutors said at the time that VanScoy Andrews repeatedly issued payments to herself in excess of her authorized salary, totaling about $80,000.
The original indictment indicated that the theft in office occurred between December 2012 and August 2015, but an amended indictment filed last week in Licking County Common Pleas Court expanded the dates of the alleged theft to begin in December 2009, said Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Paula Sawyers. As a result, prosecutors now estimate the total amount stolen to be about $172,000, said Licking County Prosecutor Bill Hayes.
The charges on the amended indictment remained the same.
VanScoy Andrews served as Alexandria’s fiscal officer from 2008 until August 2015, when the village council voted 5-1 to fire her. The village reported that records were missing when VanScoy Andrews left office and, while trying to recover those records, investigators discovered her extra expenditures, prosecutors said.