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Allen County Prosecutor's Office

Former Elida school employee charged in theft of more than $100,000

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

SOURCE:  Lima News

ELIDA — The former head of maintenance for Elida Local School District was indicted by an Allen County grand jury on charges of theft in office and aggravated theft for “depriving the … Elida School District of property or services” valued in excess of $100,000 but less than $500,000.

Matthew Burton, 42, of Lima, was indicted earlier this month by a grand jury on the third-degree felony charges. The indictment was filed Oct. 13 and Burton entered a written plea of not guilty with the court on Oct. 20. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20.

According to the indictment, the theft in office charge stems from the allegation that Burton, “while being a public or party official, did commit the theft offense when the property or service involved is owned by the state … or any political subdivision, department or agency … and the value of the property or services stolen was $5,000 or more.”

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