Former county worker Lisa Rogers indicted in connection with Cuyahoga County corruption case

CLEVELAND - A former Cuyahoga County employee has been indicted by a Grand Jury for falsifying her data inspection and forging store manager signatures, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a press release Thursday.

Lisa Rogers, 39, was indicted in connection with the Cuyahoga County corruption case. She was charged with 61 felonies includes 30 counts of forgery, once count of theft and one count of theft in office.

Rogers was fired in August 2012 form the county's fiscal office after an internal investigation determined she had certified the accuracy of scanners and scales in stores that she had never inspected. She also signed time cards stating she had worked during those hours.

Rogers is also the daughter of another former county employee, Sandy Klimkowski, who was the deputy to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo and was also indicted in connection with the Cuyahoga County Corruption case.

"I would like to commend the Cuyahoga County inspector general and our director of human resources for identifying this wrongdoing early last year and for conducting a thorough investigation. We terminated this employee after they had shown a pattern of misconduct that simply could not be justified. We are glad to see that county prosecutor McGinty agrees and would like to thank him and his office for their diligent work," County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in a press release.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again -- illegal activity and corruption will be not tolerated in Cuyahoga County government. My Administration has and will continue to investigate and eliminate any instances of public corruption."

Klimkowski and Russo pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

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