Friday, 04 January 2019 10:25

Portage Co. Business Woman Stole from Disabled Residents Featured

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Back in May of last year, the Summit County Sheriff's Office was tipped off to a woman that was stealing from the bank accounts of several area residents with developmental disabilities.

The investigation determined that Beth Wallace-Cox was stealing money from 49 different people from Portage and Summit Counties, through her business, PayeeShip Solutions in Rootstown, which provides financial services to the developmentally disabled.

Wallace-Cox was arrested Thursday, charged with felony theft from a protected class.

The Akron Beacon Journal's reporting the indictment lists the total theft amounted to just under $10,000.

See the full press release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office below: 

(Summit Co. Sheriff's Office) In May of 2018, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an individual was misappropriating funds from the bank accounts of several individuals with developmental disabilities. The matter was turned over to the Summit County Sheriff’s Detective assigned to the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with detectives from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. It was alleged that the suspect, identified as Beth Wallace-Cox had been utilizing the victims’ funds for her own personal gain. Through the investigation, it was determined that there were 49 victims in Summit County and Portage County. Wallace-Cox is the owner of a business called Payee Ship Solutions. The business provides payee services to individuals with developmental disabilities. On January 3, 2019, Beth Wallace-Cox, age 46 of Rootstown was arrested and charged with Theft from a Protected Class (F-3), Forgery (F-3), and Tampering with Records (F-3). She was transported to the Portage County Jail. Follow up questions should be directed to Inspector William Holland at 330-620- 9738

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