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Termination of courthouse employee leads to investigation

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds

Staff Writer

 An investigation into a terminated Osceola County Courthouse employee last week resulted in no criminal charges, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The case, which was closed Monday, involved former County Clerk’s Office Finance Administrator Lynn Greenwood, one of the three courthouse employees terminated last week. Adam Alvarez, Clerk’s Office  public information officer, accused her of stealing county courthouse documents as she was escorted out of the building Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The papers, two checks, were found in her handbag. Alvarez stated in the sheriff’s report that Greenwood’s supervisor, Tony Guzman, told her to no longer remove documents from the Clerk’s Office in November 2013. Alvarez also stated that he never gave Greenwood permission to take documents or checks from the building.

In the report, Guzman confirmed Alvarez’s statement about Greenwood not to take documents or checks from the building, along with others who were present when Greenwood was escorted. But, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office didn’t file charges against Greenwood, stating that having access to files, records or documents was part of her position with the Clerk’s Office.

“I was not provided with any additional evidence that demonstrated that Ms. Greenwood cashed any checks, forged any documents, or attempted to defraud the Osceola County Clerks Office of any funds,” stated Deputy Robert Barroso in his report.

Alvarez did not respond to a News-Gazette public information request for the terminated employees’ personnel files at press time Friday. The three former employees also declined to comment.