Former church treasurer sentenced

Staff Report

POMEROY — A former treasurer for a group of churches in Meigs County was sentenced on Monday to seven months in prison after pleading guilty last week to the theft of funds from the organization.

Maxine Rose, 67, of Racine, appeared in Meigs County Common Pleas Court with counsel Denise Bunce for Monday’s hearing.

Judge I. Carson Crow declined to follow the sentencing recommendation made by the prosecution and defense in the case which called for Rose to be placed on community control for a two-year period, as well as paying $9,000 in restitution to the Southern Charge United Methodist Churches.

Crow stated that the court documents, including the pre-sentence investigation, alleged that approximately $24,000 had been taken from the churches, a figure which was confirmed by the victim and the prosecution.

The churches had agreed to a restitution amount of $9,000 which was paid up front at last week’s change of plea, but Crow said the court was not inclined to forgive the additional $16,000 although the church was.

He ordered Rose to pay $24,000 in restitution to the church. Crow stated that he felt there may have been more funds involved, but could only follow what was in the reports.

Stating that the court was more than troubled that the money was taken from the church, Crow ordered Rose to serve seven months in prison in addition to the restitution amount. Crow stated that if the restitution was paid in full he would consider reducing the sentence.

Crow stated that Rose, who had served in the capacity of treasurer for more than 20 years, was in a position of trust at the time of the offenses.

Referencing the investigation into the matter handled by Sgt. Rick Patterson of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Crow stated that there were at least 100 inconsistencies regarding the charge’s finances.

Rose is to report to the court on May 15 to begin her sentence.

Bunce asked Crow if the restitution was to be paid prior to Monday if he would consider not sending Rose to prison. Crow stated that he would listen to any arguments by counsel.

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