Ex-PCS employee pleads not guilty to theft

PIQUA — Former Piqua City Schools food service director Terri Meyer, who was accused earlier this year of embezzling more than $41,000 in vending machine funds, plead not guilty to felony theft during her arraignment Thursday in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Meyer, who resigned from her position on March 19, began working with the district in November 1998 as a substitute food service employee and was hired full-time in October 2001. She then became food secretary in August 2005 and food service director in December 2007.

According to a press release from Piqua City Schools, red flags arose when a reconciliation of the vending machine funds did not correctly match. The funds were later tracked to Meyer, and resulted in the district immediately placing Meyer on administrative leave and prohibiting her from any further contact with district accounts.

In a video released on school district’s website in April, Superintendent Rick Hanes said, “We run a tight budget and every penny counts. This is proof that our stringent system of checks and balances worked just as it should and that most people are honest and care.

“We took decisive action to not only deal with this situation, but to also put further safeguards in place to help protect our valuable resources.”

The district is to be reimbursed the $41,267 loss in full and is working with the Piqua police department and Miami County Prosecutor’s office as the investigation continues.