More than $200,000 used improperly
MANSFIELD — Two people indicted on charges of improper use of more than $200,000 in scholarship funding connected with the Mansfield Tyger All Sports Booster Club pleaded guilty Friday.
The money was meant for student-athletes at Mansfield Senior High School.
A third person pleaded guilty to charges related to failure to pay income taxes on money she made for her work at the Mansfield Tyger bingo game.
The attorney general’s office began investigating the booster club in 2010 after accusations the club was not turning over enough of its proceeds to the school. Authorities alleged money was used to pay for costs associated with the booster club’s bingo operation.
Kendall Clemons pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to attempted aggravated theft, two counts of grand theft, one count of complicity to attempted theft, one count of complicity to attempted money laundering and four counts of filing false and/or fraudulent tax returns.
She also will make restitution of $26,000 to the escrow account set up by the court as a result of a civil action previously filed by the attorney general’s office, which will distribute the funds at the conclusion of the legal proceedings in the case.
William Clemons, Kendall’s husband and a former Mansfield police officer, pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to attempted aggravated theft. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false and/or fraudulent tax returns.
He agreed to pay $12,000 in restitution to the escrow account. William Clemons was a city police officer for more than 24 years. He retired last July after charges came to light.
His RETIREMENT should be NULL & VOID! This is the PROBLEM with men in uniform today that Lincoln WARNED us about moons ago! You go looking for the bad in man, you are SURE to find it – lol! Hard to tell one sociopath from another, but there is ONE WAY to stop them once they are in a position of TRUST in which tarnishes everything all the good ones work so hard to represent. The JOKE will be once again on this hand slapping 10 commandments Judge who SHOULD THROW THE BOOK AT THEM!
Cheryl Patrick pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to file incomplete, false and/or fraudulent tax returns for 2008, 2009 and 2010. These are first-degree misdemeanors. She also agreed to pay $36,000 in restitution to the escrow account.
Patrick was the booster club president. Kendall and William Clemons were trustees. Mansfield City Schools severed its ties to the club in December 2010.
Sentencing for all three will be on May 19 before Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese. Their trial had been scheduled to start Thursday.
Initially, all three were charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony with a presumption of a prison sentence if convicted. Kendall and William Clemons pleaded to fourth- and fifth-degree felonies, while Patrick pleaded to misdemeanors.
Mansfield City Schools board member Chris Elswick said he had no idea a plea agreement was in the works.
“I’m a little shocked by it,” he said. “I was there Wednesday at the prosecutor’s office going over testimony. This must have come out of left field.”
The case was investigated by the attorney general’s office Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.
“We’re never going to get back all the money that was stolen,” Elswick said, “but if we can get enough money back for the scholarship, that’s a positive.”
TREASON SHOULD BE PUNISHABLE BY DEATH!, yet our hand slapping 10 commandments Judge will make yet another mockery of God when he allows this fraud to collect his retirement with NO TIME IN JAIL – WATCH and SEE!
UPDATE! – Allowed to retire officer Clemons does get a year – lol!