Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ex-boosters treasurer gets jail for embezzlement in Ohio

The former treasurer of the Springboro Athletic Boosters was sentenced today to 90 days in the Warren County jail – with work release - for embezzling about $440,000 from the group.
Thomas Harves, 61, of Springboro completed full restitution after the hearing. He was also placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay the costs of his prosecution during a hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court.
You’re going to avoid prison as long as you do exactly what I say,” Judge James Flannery said during the hearing.
During an April 11 plea hearing, Harves admitted stealing $439,455 and pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated theft, a third-degree felony.
Authorities suspect Harve — a member of the Springboro Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to the district’s sports programs - took considerably more from the group over the past 20 years, but bank recors only went back to 2004 and might not reflect cash embezzlement, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.
Harves had already repaid all but $157,883 to the booster group. The sentencing was delayed while Harves underwent skin cancer treatment.

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