2018-05-16 / Front Page

Possible Charges In Athletic Boosters Missing Money Case Go To County Prosecutor

Matt Smithmyer, a major with the Fulton County Sheriff Department, said if the investigation into money missing from the Archbold Athletic Boosters account is completed in time, the case will go to the Fulton County Grand Jury this month.

A grand jury will be convened Monday, May 21.

The Ohio State Bar Association website explains a grand jury can return an indictment “if it finds probable cause to believe both that a crime has been committed and that the accused person is responsible.”

An indictment is not a conviction. The person charged with a crime by a grand jury indictment must be convicted, either through a negotiated plea agreement or trial.

Smithmyer said on Friday, May 11, the investigation is waiting on additional information from subpoenas that have been delivered.

If that information arrives in time, the case will go to the May grand jury meeting.

“As of right now, there is one person of interest” in the investigation, he said.

He could not give an exact amount of the money taken, but said if a crime is charged, it would be a fourth-degree felony. To be an F4 or “felony four,” the amount taken would have to be $5,000 or more.

The case was referred to FCSD, Wednesday, May 2, by the Archbold Police Department, Smithmyer said.

He explained APD officials did not want there to be any appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest.

In last week’s edition of this newspaper, Aaron Rex, Archbold Area School District superintendent, confirmed there was an investigation into missing funds.

He said after a change in the leadership in the Athletic Boosters, a look at the books of the organization revealed some numbers that “didn’t make sense.” Further investigation revealed missing funds.

Rex said last week the boosters are a stand-alone organization. No Archbold Athletic Boosters money flows through the school district books, and district officials have no oversight over Booster funds.

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