Audit turns up more missing money in Niles

Phyllis Wilson

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Call it “the case of the magically disappearing dollars.”

That is how Ohio Auditor David Yost characterized the alleged work of a former Niles city treasurer employee who is already standing trial for stealing money from the city.

According to newly released figures from an audit the state has performed on the city of Niles, nearly $143,000 has turned up missing dating back to 2008. Yost said former assistant treasurer Phyllis Wilson was responsible for depositing cash utility payments in the city’s bank account, but instead pocketed the money in 57 instances.

Wilson was indicted April 24 on one charge of theft in office and is scheduled for a pre-trial Dec. 9 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. The original amount she is accused of stealing was $71,000.

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