MOUNT VERNON — A Centerburg woman who stole $43,748 from a senior center was sentenced to probation and restitution Thursday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Kristin K. McCord, 48, was sentenced on one count of grand theft by Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel to four years probation, during which time she is to pay a restitution of $4,249.86 to Centerburg Senior Services. The restitution represents the amount that was not covered by CSS’s insurance, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams said.

The charge stems from a period between Feb. 27, 2017, to March 28, 2018. According to Williams, McCord was employed by CSS as treasurer.

Williams said there are “pages and pages” of documents recording where McCord spent the money, including at a casino, a clothing store and gas stations. The theft caused CSS to suspend some of its programs temporarily, including Meals on Wheels, Williams said.

McCord is no longer employed by CSS. Speaking in court Thursday, McCord said she has found work and can dedicate all of her pay to restitution.

Wetzel ordered McCord to make payments toward restitution of $300 per month.

Also Thursday, Justin A. Carruthers, 36, Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs. In exchange for Carruthers’s guilty plea, Williams dismissed one count of operating a vehicle with a hidden compartment used to transport a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.

The charge stems from June 9. According to Williams, Carruthers was stopped for a traffic violation, and a K-9 unit made a positive hit for drugs. A false panel was discovered in the vehicle that had meth inside.

Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13.

Julie A. Gough, 25, Mount Vernon, was sentenced by Wetzel to three years probation on charges of theft of drugs, illegal processing of drug documents and tampering with records.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which found Gough was faking medicine reports for residents of a Mount Vernon nursing home. According to Williams, Gough filled out request forms in the names of three residents and obtained painkillers.

At the time, Gough was employed as a nurse.

Gough’s attorney, Chase Mallory, said that Gough’s actions did not result in patients at the nursing home being deprived of medications. Mallory said that Gough is hopeful that she can work things out with the state nursing board, so that one day she can work as a licensed nurse again.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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