7 Indicted In Harrison Twp EMS Case

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 01:50 PM
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The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says 7 people have been indicted in connection with the mis-spending of around 500-thousand dollars meant for the Harrison Township EMS squad. A-G spokesperson Kate Hansen says the alleged activity happened between 2008 and 2012.  The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S, Marshall’s office carried out the warrants on Thursday.  The Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation worked on the case together for four years.  Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says all seven people face one count each of money laundering and engaging in corrupt activity. Haddox says all face at least one count of theft and they are identified as Brian Hatfield, Richard Bennett, Robert Hatfield, Beverly Hatfield, Heather Price, Mary Randals and Terry Randals.  Haddox says the group will be arraigned on June 25th in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.  
 

The charges include:


Brian T. Hatfield, 39 of Philo – 6 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the third degree)
Theft (three counts - felony of the fourth degree)

Beverly A. Hatfield, 57 of Philo – 5 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
Obstructing Justice (felony of the fifth degree)
Falsification (felony of the fifth degree)

Robert D. Hatfield, 61 of Philo – 5 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
Obstructing Justice (felony of the fifth degree)
Falsification (felony of the fifth degree)
 

Heather N. Price, 36 of Philo – 5 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
Obstructing Justice (felony of the fifth degree)
Falsification (felony of the fifth degree)

Richard L. Bennett, 49 of Duncan Falls – 3 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)

Mary E. Randals, 56 of Philo – 3 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
 

Terry D. Randals, 49 of Philo – 3 counts


Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (felony of the first degree)
Money Laundering (felony of the third degree)
Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
 

 (Ohio Attorney General Press Release)

 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Muskingum County Grand Jury has indicted seven former Harrison Township Emergency Medical Services board members on allegations that they operated a criminal enterprise by improperly using hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds from the nonprofit organization.


The seven suspects, four of whom are family members, are facing a total of 30 charges including Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Money Laundering, and Theft. 


“These defendants are accused of misusing money that should have been spent for emergency services,” said Attorney General DeWine. “My office is committed to ensuring that charitable funds are used as intended, and we will fight to recover the money that was misspent.”


Investigators with the Ohio Attorney General's Office believe that these individuals misspent nearly $500,000 from 2008 to 2012. Brian Hatfield, who was the chief of the Harrison Township EMS during this time, is accused of selling the ambulances, the EMS building, and the building’s contents, and using the money for purposes not related to the nonprofit organization.


The other individuals, including Hatfield’s mother, father, and sister, all served on the board of the Harrison Township EMS at some time between 2008 and 2012.
 

 

 

 

 

 


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