Nichole Hannahs

Former Board Members Plead Guilty

by Nichole Hannahs on August 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

Two former members of the Harrison Township Emergency Medical Service Board change their pleas to guilty.

In Muskingum County Common Pleas Court 49-year-old Terry Randles and 49-year-old Richard Bennett entered pleas of guilty to theft of money between $1,000 and $7,500. Two other charges engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and money laundering will be dropped at the time of sentencing. Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

In June of this year both men had pled not guilty.

The Attorney Generals Office said they believe these individuals, along with five others, misspent nearly $500,000 between 2008-2012 that should have been used on emergency services.

Both Randles and Bennett were on the Harrison Township EMS Board at that time.

Their arrests came after a four year investigation by the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.