A version of this article was posted to ArchboldBuck eye.com at 2 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Fred L. Allen, 62, Wauseon, a former employee of the Fulton County Auditor Office and former Wauseon city councilman, has been convicted of theft in office.
Allen entered a no-contest plea to the charge in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Allen worked part-time for Brett Kolb, county auditor, as a weights and measures inspector.
He was originally indicted June 23 on charges of theft in office and tampering with records. The records charge was dropped.
In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecutor, said, “From Jan. 12, 2012, to February 6, 2014, while employed at the Fulton County Auditor Office…Allen, with the purpose to deprive Fulton County of property, knowingly obtained county monies by reporting and receiving compensation for work hours that he did not actually work.
“The matter was first investigated by the Fulton County Auditor, and was subsequently referred to the Fulton County Sheriff Office for further investigation.”
As part of his plea, Allen paid $7,500 restitution to Fulton County.
Allen worked for the city of Wauseon in the Public Works department for 30 years, retiring in 2005.
He has been a member of the Wauseon Fire Department for more than 40 years, achieving the rank of assistant chief.
He is currently on administrative leave from WFD.
He was elected to Wauseon City Council, where he was serving his first term. He resigned, and his resignation was accepted July 7.
Allen was hired by Nancy Yackee, former Fulton County auditor, on Jan. 3, 2006. His schedule was 28 hours per two-week pay period.
Over the years, his pay was increased from $13 per hour to $15.60 per hour.
He resigned from the auditor office on Feb. 10, 2014.
Haselman said a sentencing date for Allen has been set for Monday, Sept. 22, 1:30 pm.