AKRON — A Medina County woman was convicted Friday of posing as a veterinarian and causing the death of an Akron man’s service dog.
Brandi A. Tomko, 36, of Sharon Township, was found guilty by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher after a three-day trial.
Tomko, who waived her right to a jury trial, was found guilty of two felonies — forgery and identity fraud — and several misdemeanor charges, including animal cruelty, and assaulting or harassing a service dog.
She faces a maximum punishment of 3 1/2 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Tomko passed herself off as a veterinarian at a former Akron pet clinic in 2011, with the result that many pets were maimed or died.