Fred L. Allen, 62, Wauseon, entered a no contest plea, and was convicted of theft in office in Fulton County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Allen, who worked part-time for Brett Kolb, Fulton County auditor as a weights and measures inspector, 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 Haselamn, Fulton County prosecutor, said, “From Jan. 12, 2012 to February 6, 2014, while employed at the Fulton County Auditor’s office…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 also elected to Wauseon City Council, where he was serving his first term. He resigned from his council seat. His resignation was accepted by council July 7, 2014.
Allen was hired by Nancy Yackee, former Fulton County auditor on Jan. 3, 2006. He was scheduled to work 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 the auditor’s office on Feb. 10, 2014.
Haselman said a sentencing date for Allen has been set for Monday, Sept. 22 at 1:30 pm.-posted 2 pm Wednesday, Sept. 3