County treasurer makes up shortage from his wallet

CHARDON, Ohio - A deputy county treasurer in northeast Ohio has been charged with stealing $2,300 from Geauga County.

In an unusual move, the indicted woman's boss personally reimbursed the county for the missing money. Authorities say that Geauga County Treasurer Christopher Hitchcock put up his own money at least three times in 2004 when audits found money missing.

The treasurer admits he could have informed the prosecutor sooner. He says he believed that the shortages were the result of mistakes or accounting problems.

On Tuesday, former Deputy Treasurer Jodi Almstead was charged with theft in office. She could get 18 months in prison.

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