July 23, 2016

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Fake veterinarian gets prison for killing dog

AKRON — A Medina County woman was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday after being convicted 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 last month 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 had faced a maximum punishment of 3½ 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.

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