By BRIAN BOHNERT
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
A former Tiffin Police Department secretary was arraigned Tuesday on charges alleging she stole from the department over the course of a year.
Holly M. England, 40, of Bascom, appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley Tuesday on charges of theft in office and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.
She was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on Aug. 23.
England allegedly stole property valued at $7,500 or more between Aug. 29, 2016 and June 29. In addition, the grand jury specified $1,638 found in her possession was subject to forfeiture.
The two-count indictment also alleges that England altered potential evidence against her, knowing she was the subject of a criminal investigation.
Alongside her attorney, Dean Henry, England was released on an own-recognizance bond and ordered not to have any contact with members of the Tiffin Police Department or any potential witnesses.
England was fired back in June after working in the department’s criminal division for less than a year.
According to court records, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification received a report of the alleged theft from the police department and from the Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Although the court records do not state the type of property allegedly stolen by England, those records show she admitted to the theft. A portion of the stolen property was found in her purse during an investigation into the theft.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Oct. 4 in Kelbley’s courtroom.
If convicted of the charges, England faces up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.