MIAMI COUNTY — After spending nearly 51 days in prison, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee granted Terri Meyer, 52, of Piqua, early judicial release on Wednesday.
On Aug. 31, former Piqua City Schools Food Service Director Terri Meyer, 52, was sentenced to 12 months of prison for the theft of $41,267 from vending machine funds. The full amount was repaid by Meyer prior to her sentencing.
Miami County assistant prosecutor Janna Parker said the state opposed early judicial release since Meyer was sentenced seven weeks ago.
Meyer’s attorney, Jack Hemm, said his client has a great support system at home, has no prior record and repaid the funds in full back to the Piqua City Schools’ board of education.
Judge Gee said there is no doubt Meyer had led a law-abiding life prior to her theft charge and Meyer is an “anomaly” compared to “career criminals” in the legal system.
Gee granted Meyer judicial release on conditions that she must serve two years of community control, maintain a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with work priviledges, pay all court costs and probation fees. Gee also ordered Meyer to not obtain employment where she has access to her employer’s funds or possess a credit card from an employer. Meyer also is to have no contact with the Piqua City Schools’ board of education.
Gee also said Meyer’s family was “paying an unusual price while she’s in prison,” which he took in consideration prior to the ruling.
Meyer simply thanked Judge Gee before court was adjourned.
According to a press release from PCS, red flags rose 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 she was prohibited from any further contact with district accounts.
Meyer resigned from her position on March 19. She began working with the district in November 1998 as a substitute food service employee and was hired full-time in October 2001. In August 2005, she became the food secretary and was promoted to food service director in December 2007.
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