Mission:

The Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General's Mission is to promote honesty and accountability in County Government. To this end, we commit to you that if you report an allegation of wrongdoing to our Agency it will be fully investigated and when appropriate a referral for further governmental intervention or internal discipline will be made. It is no longer business as usual in Cuyahoga County. This is about a change in the way we do business. We owe it to ourselves, to the taxpayers and to the residents of the county to engage in business practices of the highest ethical standards.

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2014 Investigations

Case Number:

14-0002-I
14-0013-I

Subjects Name:

Elsa Rodriguez

Subjects Position:

Family Service Aide

Subject Department:

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services ("DSAS") Home Support Division

Allegation(s):

Cuyahoga County (“County”) Division of Senior and Adult Services (“DSAS”) Family Service Aide Elsa Rodriguez (“Rodriguez”) stole money from County clients on two (2) separate occasions while performing her official duties as a DSAS Family Service Aide 2.  During the course of the investigation it was discovered Rodriguez not only received rides to clients’ residences in violation of County DSAS policy, but she also falsified a document indicating she performed work duties she did not perform.

Result(s):

An AIG staff member testified before the County Grand Jury on July 22, 2014 and Rodriguez was indicted on one (1) count of aggravated theft and one (1) count of theft.  On October 17, 2014, Rodriguez pled guilty to one count of attempted aggravated theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  Judge Kathleen Sutula sentenced Rodriguez to one hundred eighty (180) days in County Jail, one hundred fifty days (150) suspended and ordered Rodriguez to pay a one thousand dollar ($1000.00) fine.  

Documents:

Report

 

Case Number:

14-0038-I

Subjects Names:

Alison Memmer

Subjects Positions:

Support Officer 3

Subject Department:

Cuyahoga County Office of Child Support Services

Allegation(s):

Alison Memmer's ("Memmer") license to practice law in the State of Ohio ("law license") was suspended due to misconduct and theft.  Notwithstanding her suspension while employed in the Cuyahoga County ("County") Office of Child Support Services ("OCSS"), she continued to use her "Attorney at Law" notary stamp to notarize documents on behalf of the County.

Result(s):

Memmer received a written reprimand as a result of the investigative findings.  The Ohio Notary Commission referred the AIG to the County Common Pleas Court Notary Public Office.  Consequently, the AIG forwarded the report to the Common Pleas Court Notary Public Office for review.  The Ohio Supreme Court initiated an investigation of the allegations.  As of the date of this report, there has not been a final determination.

Documents:

Report

 

 

Case Number:

14-0041-I

Subjects Names:

Edward O. FitzGerald

Subjects Positions:

Cuyahoga County Executive

Subject Department:

Cuyahoga County Office of the Executive

Allegation(s):

Cuyahoga County ("County") Executive Edward O. FitzGerald violated County policies when he operated a vehicle, personal or County owned, in the course of County business without a valid driver's license. 

Result(s):

Sufficient evidence was found to substantiate the allegation that County Executive Edward FitzGerald drove his personal vehicle and/or County vehicle, on or in the course of County business, without a valid driver's license or State of Ohio driver's license. 

Documents:

Report

 

Case Number:

13-0174-I

Subjects Name:

Christine Cross

Subjects Position:

Senior Training Officer

Subject Department:

Cuyahoga County Departmnet of Children & Family Services

Allegation(s):

Cuyahoga County ("County") Department of Children & Family Services ("DCFS") Senior Training Officer Christine Cross ("Cross") is violating DCFS policy by receiving per diem payments for a related minor child in the custody of the County.

Result(s):

Cross received a written reprimand as a result of the investigative findings.  Additionally, the Department of Children and Family Services revised its departmental Conflict of Interest policy governing employees interested in receiving consideration as placement options for relative children in the County’s custody.  Employees are now required to notify their immediate supervisor in writing and copy their immediate Senior Social Services Supervisor or Deputy Administrator who will then notify the Department of Children and Family Services Administrator.

Documents:

Report

 

Case Number:

11-0025-I

Subjects Name:

East End Neighborhood House Association

Subjects Position:

Cuyahoga County Contractor

Subject Department:

Cuyahoga County Department of Health & Human Services - Tapestry System of Care

Allegation(s):

Zulma Zabala, the current Chief Executive of the East End Neighborhood House Association, inappropriately steered Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care contract funds to her husband's cultural training business.

Result(s):

East End resolved its delinquent tax liabilities and reimbursed the County the $500.00 it previously received.

Documents:

Report