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Seven plead not guilty in Muskingum County EMS scandal

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Brian Hatfield was the chief of the Harrison Township EMS at the time of the alleged improprieties. He and six others have been indicted for allegedly stealing nearly $500,000. Brian Hatfield was the chief of the Harrison Township EMS at the time of the alleged improprieties. He and six others have been indicted for allegedly stealing nearly $500,000. Muskingum County Sheriff's Office

 

Authorities accuse group of misspending $500,000 in county funds

 


ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Seven former Harrison Township EMS board members accused of misspending $500,000 in funds designated for the non-profit pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 30 charges in a Muskingum County courtroom.

 

According to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, Brian Hatfield, Robert Hatfield, Beverly Hatfield, Mary Randles, Terry Randles, Heather Price and Richard Bennett - all of whom served on the board of the Harrison Township organization at some point from 2008 to 2012 - were arrested on suspicion they sold ambulances and other EMS property then used the money gained for something other than the nonprofit EMS squad.

The seven have been accused of money laundering, theft, falsification, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and obstructing justice, ranging from first-degree to a fifth-degree felonies.

Charges were filed after a four-year investigation into the nonprofit’s financial dealings by the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation came to a close.

 

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