CLEVELAND -- A Strongsville School District employee is facing charges for stealing thousands from the district.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley and State Auditor Dave Yost announced the charges in a news conference Tuesday.
Maintenance supervisor Robert Schwerman, 49, was indicted on one count of theft in office and one count of tampering with records.
Schwerman is accused of stealing $65,000 from the district over a course of five years. O'Malley said Schwerman used district finance accounts to purchase various items for his own home, including a car port, home generator, furnace, air conditioning unit, riding lawnmower, a John Deere Gator vehicle, landscaping tools and a barn meant to be used as a tool shed by the district.
The investigation began last year based on an anonymous tip. Yost said Schwerman's home was searched last week and the district fully cooperated with the investigation.
Schwerman was fired by the district last Friday. He faces up to three years for each count.