HUDSON -- A 31-year-old Hudson business owner has been indicted by a Summit County Grand Jury on two counts each of felony forgery and theft charges.
According to court records, Sean F. Hardy, of Stow, and president of Hardy Ealy & Associates, was indicted March 28. Hardy was bound over to a Summit County Grand Jury Feb. 23 after being charged Feb. 22 by Hudson Police.
Hardy's attorney, George G. Keith, has declined to comment on the charges, saying, "It would be inappropriate for me to comment on a pending matter."
Hudson Police allege Hardy created and signed 13 counterfeit checks on the account of one of his business clients for more than $5,200. The checks were allegedly used to pay on debts, police said.
Police were notified by the account holder, according to Hudson Det. Kaija Jeantet.
Hardy was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond after turning himself into police.
Hardy pleaded guilty May 3, 2016, in Stow Municipal Court to one count of unauthorized practice, a misdemeanor in the first degree, and was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and ordered to immediately cease and desist in representing himself as a CPA or using material describing him as such and cooperate completely with Accountancy Board of Ohio.
He was ordered not to use social media to misrepresent himself.
According to court and Hudson Police Department records, the 2016 charge against Hardy was brought by an investigator for the Accountancy Board of Ohio. The investigator claimed Hardy purported to be a certified public accountant but lacks the credentials and is not licensed as a CPA in the state of Ohio.
Court records also show Hardy has separate felony charges pending against him in Summit County Common Pleas Court on two counts of domestic violence.
An aggravated menacing felony charge from January is also pending against Hardy with an April 12 jury trial scheduled in Stow Municipal Court in front of Judge Lisa Coates. According to police, a postal clerk from the Hudson Post Office alleged Hardy made threats against him.
Hardy Ealy & Associates, an accounting and tax preparation service, is located at 186 N. Main St. in Hudson.