Lavon E. Herschberger, 46, rural Wauseon, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.
Herschberger was indicted on a single count of aggravated theft on Nov. 16, 2020.
Aggravat – ed theft is a third-degree felony offense, punishable by nine to 36 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
He entered a guilty plea on Jan. 26 to an amended charge of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, representing a reduction in the charge. A felony of the fourth degree is punishable by six to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
A sentencing hearing was held Wednesday, March 17. In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Herschberger stole money from Rupp Seed, rural Wauseon.
An earlier press release said the theft allegedly occurred over a period of more than 10 years, from May 12, 2010-Oct. 23, 2020.
In addition to the prison term and an order to pay $133,676.81 in restitution, Herschberger was ordered to pay the cost of his prosecution.
Herschberger was booked into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Dunne Gambler, CCNO spokesman, said as of Monday, March 22, Herschberger was being held at CCNO, awaiting transportation to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations Corrections Orient Correctional Reception Center.