Niles tax investigator resigns amid theft charges

Heidi Powell mug shot

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Niles tax investigator Heidi Powell has resigned her position.

In a letter to Niles Mayor Ralph Infante, Powell said she will waive her disciplinary hearing scheduled for Oct. 2 and resign her position effective immediately. Click here to read Powell’s resignation letter.

Powell, 33, was suspended from her job after she was arrested on a charge of theft in office. She is accused of stealing $731 from the city tax office.

In her letter to Mayor Infante, Powell apologized for her actions and thanked the city for “allowing her a second chance.” She said she was “truly sorry” and apologized for embarrassing the city and her family.

Powell may also be looking at a probation violation charge, in addition to the theft in office, from when she was convicted in April of taking $1,300 from the Bazetta AT&T store, where she was a former manager.

Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell said it was a taxpayer who went into the treasurer’s office to pay a balance on her daughter’s bill who noticed something wasn’t right. The woman was paying a balance of $43, but she was told she still owed $93.

Eleven residents in Niles were affected by Powell’s alleged theft but police said it’s possible there could be more.

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