Sliva pleads guilty to theft of nearly $200,000

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A former bookkeeper for a Bridgeport law firm admitted Friday to stealing nearly $200,000.

Jayne Sliva, 55, of 935 State Highway 250, Adena, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and pleaded guilty to a pair of crimes. She pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated theft and one count of tampering with records, which is a misdemeanor. Her sentencing was set for Aug. 30. A pre-sentence investigation and victim impact statement were ordered.

Sliva had worked as a bookkeeper for Davis Law Office in Bridgeport from its founding in 2001 until 2012. It was alleged that the crimes she was charged with took place between 2003 and 2012. Sliva’s duties included managing payments from clients, expenses associated with legal services, recording payments in the receipt book and handling deposits. On Friday, she admitted to the theft of more than $100,000 during a period of close to 10 years.

In November 2014 the law office took on a partner, becoming Davis & Kotur, and a standard audit turned up some discrepancies. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation then conducted a forensic audit and concluded that a total of $185,365.75 had been skimmed during Sliva’s period of employment.

Sliva will pay restitution of $100,000 immediately and will make monthly payments until the remaining portion of the missing money is repaid.