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A former employee of Perrysburg Schools in Ohio was sentenced for embezzling funds of district and booster club.
Eric Whitson, the ex-treasurer of the Bowling Green Bobcat Athletic Boosters Club, will serve 10 years in prison.
Whitson pleaded guilty to 11 counts on which he was indicted,including 4 third-degree felony counts of theft in office; 2 counts of aggravated theft, 2 third-degree counts of money laundering, etc. Whitson was arrested on charges that he wrote checks from the schools to repay money that he stole from the Bowling Green club.
Linda Markey, concessions representative said: “It will take a lot more than an apology from Whitson to repair the damage.” In her 12 years of overseeing the boosters’ concessions, Markey worked closely with Whitson from the start of his volunteer work. “Many times he would volunteer to help and say ‘I’m going to the bank anyway, so I’d hand him bags full of cash,” said Markey.
Whitson has to pay back $798,271 in restitution.
Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost released a statement saying he approves Whitson’s sentence: “Ten years is hard time by anyone’s standards. But in the case of this huge theft, the sentence fits the crime.”