State, Hanover sue former school treasurer

2013-04-15T20:00:00Z 2013-04-16T12:14:05Z State, Hanover sue former school treasurerMarisa Kwiatkowski marisa.kwiatkowski@nwi.com, (219) 662-5333 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | The state and Hanover Community School Corp. are suing a former school treasurer to recover $44,378.20 in missing textbook rental fees and audit expenses, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Lake Superior Court.

The Hanover School Board fired former Extracurricular Treasurer Jennifer Grcich on Dec. 11, shortly after a state audit found her responsible for money missing from Lincoln Elementary School and Hanover Central High School, court records state.

The Indiana State Board of Accounts asked Grcich to pay $44,378.20 — $22,189.10 to reimburse Hanover Community School Corp. for missing textbook rental fees and $22,189.10 to pay the state for additional expenses incurred during their audits, according to the audit.

The audit reports were specific to Lincoln Elementary and Hanover Central High School and covered July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.

The school district changed a number of policies and procedures in response to the audit, school records state.

The Indiana attorney general's office filed a civil lawsuit against Grcich and Ohio Casualty Insurance Co. on Monday to recover the missing public dollars for Hanover Community School Corp.

The state and school district are seeking $44,378.20 from Grcich, as well as damages, attorneys' fees and costs. The plaintiffs claim Grcich's actions constituted "gross negligence or intentional disregard of her duties," Lake Superior Court records state.

A spokesman for the Lake County prosecutor's office said local prosecutors have received copies of the audits and will be reviewing them.

Neither Interim Hanover Superintendent Jim Thorne nor Corporation Attorney William Kaminski could be reached Monday for comment.

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