JACKSON TWP.: A local business and former elected official faces criminal charges after state officials said he failed to pay full amounts on workers’ compensation.

Craig C. Snee, owner of Earth ’n Wood at 5335 Strausser St. NW., was arrested Friday morning by Stark County sheriff’s deputies on a secret indictment alleging workers’ compensation fraud, a third-degree felony. He was released on his own recognizance and has a hearing Friday morning in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

According to the indictment, Snee, who served as a Jackson Township trustee in the 1980s and 1990s, underpaid state workers’ compensation premiums by more than $350,000 between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2015.

State officials said Snee made false statements about the kind of work performed by employees and underreported the amount of the company’s payroll. Both actions were an attempt to pay less on workers’ compensation premiums, state officials allege. The agency brought its information to the Stark County Prosecutor’s office, which presented details to a grand jury. The secret indictment was issued in December.

In October, the state agency filed a lien for $388,333 against the company.

Earth ’n Wood sells mulch, topsoil, stone and a variety of other landscaping products. The business also collects and processes yard waste. In addition to the Jackson Township site, Earth ’n Wood has locations in Springfield Township, Hudson and Norton.

A message seeking comment was left for Snee at the business Monday.