Ex-Strongsville schools foreman charged with stealing $65K in equipment, including John Deere tractor, from district

cleveland.com | Cory Shaffer

A former maintenance foreman at Strongsville City Schools faces felony charges Tuesday after officials said he used district money to buy equipment — including a $20,000 custom-built John Deere tractor and a tool shed — for himself over five years.

Robert Schwerman used the school’s maintenance account to outfit his Lorain home with air conditioners, a refrigerator, a generator and even stole construction nails meant for the school, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced in a joint news conference in the prosecutor’s office.

“This was an individual who, with complete boldness and without fear of repercussions, was using the accounts of the school district — money meant for the children — to furnish a very lavish lifestyle,” O’Malley said.

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the 49 year old on theft in office and tampering with records charges. His initial court appearance is set for May 30.

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