Former Coshocton County Sheriff Lt. Responsible for Additional Restitution
Shanna Burky Reporting
Additional funds have been found missing in Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office theft case.
Former Coshocton County Sheriff Lt. James MacDonald had been sentenced in January on 6 counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies. Yesterday (April 4) the State Auditor’s Office released additional information from a special audit, which concluded an additional $10,153 was taken by MacDonald. This finding came after the Sheriff’s office recommended the special audit to be sure all monies were accounted for that MacDonald had access to.
Dave Yost, Auditor of the State, reports that public monies collected, but unaccounted for, came to a total of $31,290. The specific accounts which were examined were revenue for issuing concealed weapon permits, performing background checks, and registering sex offenders.
James MacDonald came under suspicion when the Sheriff’s department noticed a shortage of certain fees collected by the office, and initiated an investigation. MacDonald was implicated after officials reviewed surveillance showing MacDonald taking money on 6 separate occasions.
MacDonald resigned his position with the Sheriff’s office in August, 2012, and pled guilty to the 6 counts of theft in November. In January, 2013, MacDonald was sentenced to 6 months in community based correction facility, ordered to pay fines of $1,000 for each of the 6 counts, and pay restitution for the amount of money stolen.
The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Department has since implemented recommendations by the State Auditor’s Office to prevent future occurances.