NORTHFIELD CENTER TWP. — The former president of the Nordonia Athletic Booster Club has been indicted by a Summit County grand jury on two counts of theft from the club.

Robert Frankish, 45, of Blackfeet Trail, Macedonia, was indicted on one count of fifth-degree felony theft and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. As of press time, no judge has been assigned to the case and no defense attorney has been listed.

An investigation into the unauthorized spending began in mid-August as the new school year was beginning and new booster club officials were appointed, including new co-treasurer Leslie Lahrmer, said Superintendent Joe Clark in a September press release.

According to that press release, Lahrmer began reviewing the club’s financial accounts and noticed several unauthorized transactions. According to court records, Frankish reportedly made $2,886.50 in unauthorized charges at Best Buy with the Athletic Booster Club credit card. He also made a total of $2,247.92 in unauthorized transactions from the club’s bank and PayPal accounts. He also was charged with theft of an iPad Mini and case, valued at $339.44.

Upon further review, Lahrmer and the booster club’s executive board called for a special meeting Aug. 27. Following the meeting, which Frankish did not attend, the board decided to move forward with contacting Macedonia police.

The board also removed the former president from his role, to which he was appointed in August 2017.

The case was initially filed with the Stow Municipal Court. It was bound over to Summit County on Oct. 10.

The Nordonia Athletic Booster Club is a nonprofit organization that provides funds for uniforms, equipment and other needs.

 

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC