Former Centerville City Employee Guilty of Theft
A former Centerville city employee has pleaded guilty to theft.
32-year-old Cinnamon Adams Hovezak plead guilty to one count of Theft by Taking by a Fiduciary and one count of Computer Forgery.
Hovezak was sentenced to 20 years on probation. Conditions of her probation include no crimes of theft or forgery and not holding any job that involves the handling of accounts or customer/employer funds. Lastly, Hovezak was also ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution to the City of Centerville.
The charges against Hovezak came while she was employeed as an administrative assistant for the City of Centerville. During 2010, Hovezak took cash payments from some customers and taxpayers. After receiving said monies, she would pocket some of the cash and then manipulate the accounting process so as to hide the thefts.
Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig told WGXA, "The City of Centerville had placed its trust in Ms. Hovezak and given her a position of responsibility. While carrying out her job duties and receiving a City paycheck, Ms. Hovezak violated that trust and stole from the citizens of Centerville. If you steal from someone who was good enough to give you a job, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Hovezak was prosecuted by Houston County Assistant District Attorney Jacob W. Poole.
Poole told WGXA, "Those trusted with the money of the taxpayers will be held to the highest ethical and moral standards. If those standards are violated, and a crime is committed, there will be serious consequences.”