ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- A Muskingum County grand jury has indicted seven former Harrison Township EMS board members on allegations that they operated a criminal enterprise by improperly using hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds from the nonprofit organization.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Friday that the seven suspects - four of whom are family members - face a total of 30 charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, and theft.
Investigators with the Attorney General's office believe that these individuals misspent nearly $500,000 between 2008 to 2012. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Hatfield of Philo, who was the chief of the Harrison Township EMS during this time, is accused of selling the ambulances, the EMS building, and the building’s contents, and using the money for purposes not related to the nonprofit organization.
Others charged include: 57-year-old Beverly Hatfield of Philo, 61-year-old Robert Hatfield of Philo, 36-year-old Heather Price of Philo, 49-year-old Richard Bennett of Duncan Falls, 56-year-old Mary Randals of Philo and 49-year-old Terry Randals of Philo.
The group will be arraigned on June 25th in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.