Update: Butler Couty auditor Kay Rogers has announced her resignation, effective Tuesday, March 4, 2008.
In a letter, Rogers wrote, "I do sincerely apologize to the fine people of Butler County for the embarrassment this situation has caused and for my actions. I appreciate the opportunity I was given to serve the people."
A judge hasn't decided whether Rogers should serve prison time. If she does, she could get 33 years.
Update: Butler County prosecutor Robin Piper has sent Kay Rogers a letter calling for her resignation.
"The sentiment from Butler County from the citizens and from just about everybody I'm having contact with, they're just astounded that she's still in office and people want to know what I'm going to do to have her leave the office. And the letter is kind of giving her the opportunity to do the right thing," said Piper.
Piper says he's looking into other legal options to take if Rogers refuses to step down.
Butler County Auditor Mary C. "Kay" Rogers pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud and one count of filing a false income tax return.
According to a statement of facts filed with her plea agreement, Rogers conspired to commit bank fraud and mail fraud from August 2004 to March 2006 by assisting in making false representations to National City Bank.
These false representations included that a certain company was authorized to do business with the county and that the company had completed certain work even though she knew the work had not been done. Relying in part on her false representations, National City paid the company $4 million on December 31, 2004.
Rogers also signed various documents that purported to commit Butler County to making various obligations. In signing those documents, Rogers knew she exceeded her authority as the county auditor. Others used the documents to help induce payments from National City.
Rogers also admitted to not reporting more than $56,000 she received from income tax preparation and accounting services in tax years 2001 through 2006.
Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and mail fraud is punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment. Filing a false income tax return is punishable by up to three years imprisonment.
Rogers was first elected Butler County Auditor in 1994 and took office in 1995.
Judge Sandra Beckwith will schedule a date for sentencing.