Ohio woman sentenced in theft of charter school funds
Posted 1:19 a.m. Tuesday
DELAWARE, Ohio — A central Ohio woman who authorities say used money from a startup charter school to a $40,000 Mercedes-Benz among other things has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2fvaM20 ) reports a judge in Delaware County sentenced 39-year-old Wendy Marshall on Monday. The Columbus woman pleaded guilty to taking money earmarked to open Directions Academy in Powell for her personal use. She was convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft in office and securing writings by deception.
Marshall's attorney, Dustin Blake, declined to comment on the case Monday.
Marshall must reimburse more than $93,000, including $5,000 to Delaware County.
A state auditor's financial audit triggered the investigation. Authorities say Marshall also used some of the money for airline tickets, sports equipment and other items.