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An Oregon accountant’s allegations that a state auditor forged tax documents containing his signature appear to be substantiated by an internal investigation by the department for which she works.

But nearly six months after filing a complaint against Rebecca Thatcher and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Joel Dollarhide, a certified public accountant with Tucker, Kissling & Associates, still plans to file a lawsuit to procure documents he claims the department has been keeping from him and recover financial damages.

Dollarhide’s complaint alleges Thatcher, an ODJFS unemployment compensation auditor, forged tax forms that had his signature on them when she was conducting an audit last summer of his client, a Sylvania builder.  He said the forged audit forms show the builder as under-reporting employee wages to the Internal Revenue Service with his signature to certify the figures.

Thatcher, who was working out of the department’s Toledo office, completed the audit in June, 2009. Much of her work focused on the builder’s wage and tax records for 2007.

While reviewing the results of the audit, Dollarhide noticed that three ODJFS quarterly wage report forms were copied from a third-quarter form he had signed when Thatcher was in his office in May.

"At no time did I give Mrs. Thatcher the authorization to copy or use my signature on the other three tax forms and or any other forms,” Dollarhide says in his complaint. The department’s investigation, which was concluded in November but only released to him last month, states the evidence supports his claim.

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East Toledo businessman throws hat into election

East Toledo businessman Dan Steingraber, a Republican, stood inside the lobby

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of the Weber Block Wednesday morning to make official his candidacy for Lucas County commissioner.

“This is an important day for me and my family, as you are well aware. This was not an easy decision for me to make,” Steingraber said with laryngitis in his voice while surrounded by over 20 supporters.

“These folks are here today because they know me. They know what I stand for and they know I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe,” Steingraber continued. “They know that I have not only encouraged, but made a commitment to talk the conservative talk and walk the conservative walk.

“Lucas County has suffered from a lack of conservative leadership for too long. It’s time for us, conservatives, to lead and engineer a conservative path to economic development and jobs and increase employment through the application of solid economic and conservative principals,” Steingraber continued.

Steingraber, who lives on Grand Bay Drive, Oregon, joins Republican candidates Pam S. Hanley of Sylvania, George Sarantou of Toledo, and Andy Glenn of Holland in seeking to represent their party during the general election Nov. 2. The primary is slated for May 4.

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An article in the March 1 Metro edition of The Press incorrectly stated that Dr. Leah Dorman, a former veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, was an appointee to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

She hasn’t been appointed to the board. She will discuss State Issue 2, which established the board, at the Ottawa County Agriculture Community Breakfast on March 26 in Oak Harbor.

Works of prominent Latino printmaker on display at TMA

What better place to display artwork by an artist whose last name is Toledo than

at the Toledo Museum of Art?

Mexican artist Francisco Toledo -- whose last name is pronounced toe-LEY-doe like the Spanish city for which Ohio’s Glass City was named -- is considered “one of the most important printmakers of his generation anywhere in the world,” said Amy Gilman, the TMA’s associate curator of modern and contemporary art and organizer of the exhibit.

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Candidates vying to be Ohio’s next governor have found an issue they can agree on.

Incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and his Republican challenger John Kasich have both declared their opposition to a ballot measure planned by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal advocacy groups for the November election.

The candidates spoke last week to about 400 farmers, legislators, and guests at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Ag Day event in Columbus.

The Humane Society is backing a petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution that would establish certain rules for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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