A former clerk for the civil division of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office was sent to jail today for stealing from that office.
Tina Tardich, 50, of Swanton had pleaded guilty to theft in office last month in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for stealing more than $17,000 while she was employed with the sheriff’s office. A charge of grand theft was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Judge Myron Duhart placed Tardich on community control for three years and ordered her to spend 30 days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker followed by 30 days in the Lucas County Work Release Program. He also ordered her to pay restitution of $17,478 and perform 200 hours of community service.
Judge Duhart noted that while Tardich had no prior juvenile or adult convictions, he did not believe she had shown genuine remorse for what she did, that she had abused a position of trust, and that she had caused psychological and financial damage to the office where she was employed.
“Understand something, Ms. Tardich: You are going to have to deal with the repercussions of what you’ve done,” Judge Duhart told her. “That’s why I'm sending you to CCNO for 30 days. My hope is when you get out, with whatever resources you have, you pay this restitution and pay it quickly.”