DeWine: Ohio woman indicted for stealing trust fund money from children

An Ohio woman is facing charges of grand theft and forgery for allegedly stealing close to $100,000 from trusts belonging to two children whose father died, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday.

Stacie Bement, 45, of Wakeman, was indicted by a Huron County grand jury on 12 charges of forgery and three charges of grand theft, all charges and felonies in the fourth degree.

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Norwalk police found that Bement allegedly forged the trust custodian's signature and transferred the money to her personal bank account on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2012.

The trusts were funded from life insurance money set aside after the children’s father died more than 10 years ago.

"It was the father's wish that the money be given to his two children once they turned 18. Sadly, when the eldest child was old enough to access his account, he found that both trusts had been wiped out years ago," said Attorney General DeWine.

Bement allegedly created fictitious financial statements making it appear as if the funds were still in the bank.

She allegedly spent the money on a car, mortgage, and living expenses.

The case is being prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section.

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