Hilliard's former deputy director of parks and recreation must repay an additional $110,000 to the city, according to a report released March 26 by the Ohio Auditor's office.
In the audit, the state issued findings for recovery of $271,898 against Heather H. Ernst. It's the same amount Ernst was ordered to repay at her Nov. 16 sentencing in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on one count each of theft in office and attempted tampering with records.
Thus far, Ernst, who was sentenced to one year in prison, has repaid Hilliard $162,081.59. That's about $110,000 short of what she was ordered to pay.
From 2012 to November 2017, Ernst was responsible for collecting daily gate admissions and making cash deposits for the city's two recreational pools. During that time, investigators determined that she was making excessive cash deposits into her personal bank account.
After balancing her personal account against the city's account, investigators found enough evidence to indict her for theft, tampering with records and filing false tax returns.
The finding for recovery follows an audit of the city's financial statements and is to be paid into the city's general fund.
On March 15, 2018, Hilliard filed a civil suit against Ernst for additional crimes while employed by the city. The city accuses Ernst of stealing more than $500,000 and depositing some of it in her husband's accounts. The pending litigation between the city and Ernst could result in an additional finding for recovery against Ernst.