Former treasurer pleads guilty to theft

Staff Report -

POMEROY — A former treasurer for a group of churches in Meigs County has pleaded guilty to the theft of funds from those churches.

Maxine Rose, 67, of Racine, pleaded guilty in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Monday to to a single count of theft.

Rose is alleged to have taken funds from the Southern Charge United Methodist Churches from Jan. 1, 2011 to Feb. 4, 2016. Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Adkins stated the total amount of the alleged theft is close to $25,000.

Rose was represented at the hearing by attorney Denise Bunce.

The plea agreement, as told to the court by Adkins, calls for Rose to be sentenced to community control, pay $9,000 restitution to the Southern Charge, write a letter of apology, pay costs and not work or volunteer handling money for an organization. The restitution was paid to the clerk of courts office on Monday morning.

Judge I. Carson Crow emphasized that he is not bound by the recommendation made to the court at the time of sentencing and can sentence as he chooses.

Rose is to be sentenced following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation and community control evaluation. A victim impact statement was submitted to the court on Monday to be reviewed before sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on May 8.

Staff Report