Thursday, June 27, 2013

Library Fines Add Up to Big Bucks

Those nickels, dimes, and quarters collected as library fines  really add up fast at the Cuyahoga Falls (near Akron, Ohio) library.  But, rather amazingly, no one noticed that about $350,000 was skimmed off the top in just a six-year period by one of the library's employees.
According to, Theresa Karm managed to do just that.  
Library director Kevin Rosswurm told the Akron Beacon Journal that Karm was questioned at least once in the past about the big drop in fines collected, from nearly $37,000 in 2005 to just over $11,000 in 2011.

Rosswurm said that during previous questioning, Karm seemed to adequately explain the decreased revenue and kept her job.

The library now requires two people to count money. “I think it’s a pretty secure system we have in place now,” Rosswurm said. 

Wow, doesn't anyone there return library items on time?  How she got away with this for six years is hard to figure...


  1. Did she finally get fired over this? This was outright stealing... the guts some people have.

  2. She was fired three months ago, but just finally arrested this Monday, Kayo.