Former Board Members Plead Guilty
Nichole Hannahs

Former Board Members Plead Guilty

by Nichole Hannahs on August 12, 2014

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.