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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday that thousands of dollars in restitution will go towards holiday gifts for children in Perry County.
The restitution order came after a judge granted 64-year-old Martha Springer intervention on a fourth degree felony charge of embezzlement. The former operator of the Perry County charity Tips for Tots stole tens of thousands of dollars from the charity between January 2008 and December 2010 to fund a gambling addiction.
Tips for Tots was a charity similar to the Toys for Tots Foundation, which provides gifts to underprivileged children during the holidays. As a term of her intervention, a Perry County Common Pleas Judge ordered that Springer pay $35,000 in restitution to be spent on gifts and other holiday programs for needy children in the area.