Former booster treasurer pleads guilty to theft

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — The former treasurer of a local band booster organization has pleaded guilty to theft for taking money from that organization.

Lisa B. Victory, of Coolville, entered a guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony charge of theft during what was scheduled as a final pretrial hearing before Judge I. Carson Crow in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning.

Victory admitted to taking nearly $5,000 from the Eastern Band Boosters, an organization for which she was the treasurer at the time the theft occurred.

The case had been scheduled for a change of plea hearing back in December, with then-Prosecutor Colleen Williams and defense attorney Michael Huff coming to an agreement which called for Victory to be placed in the diversion program. The hearing did not move forward.

In court on Wednesday, Crow stated that given the offense, he would not be willing to go along with placing Victory on diversion, an indication of what may have led to the previous hearing not going forward.

Despite that, Victory choose to move forward with pleading guilty to the charge on Wednesday.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley said that he would make a recommendation at sentencing that Victory be placed on five years of community control with a 12 month underlying prison sentence.

Stanley said that he had spoken with the band boosters about the case and that they would be in agreement with diversion. Their main concern was having the money returned. Representatives from the band boosters were in attendance for the hearing and are expected to address the court at sentencing.

Huff stated that Victory had a cashiers check with her for the amount of restitution owed, $4,696, as well as $1,650 for the cost of an accountant as part of the investigation. That money was paid to the clerk of courts’ office on Wednesday to be disbursed to the proper agencies.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, with a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted prior to the hearing.

By Sarah Hawley

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