Guilty plea entered in theft from Elida schools


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Matthew Burton will be sentenced Aug. 6 for stealing more than $100,000 from the Elida Local School District. Burton pleaded guilty last week to a single count of theft in office.

Matthew Burton will be sentenced Aug. 6 for stealing more than $100,000 from the Elida Local School District. Burton pleaded guilty last week to a single count of theft in office.


File photo | The Lima News

ELIDA — The former head of maintenance for the Elida Local School District agreed last week to a plea deal offered by prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of theft in office.

Matthew Burton, 43, was indicted last fall by an Allen County grand jury on one count of theft in office and two counts of aggravated theft, all third-degree felonies, for “depriving the … Elida School District of property or services” valued in excess of $100,000 but less than $500,000.

According to the indictment, the theft in office charge stems from the allegation that Burton, “while being a public or party official, did commit the theft offense when the property or service involved is owned by the state … or any political subdivision, department or agency … and the value of the property or services stolen was $5,000 or more.”

The indictment alleged the offenses took place between October 2007 and May 2017. Burton resigned his position with the school on May 11 of last year.

Burton faces up to 36 months in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 6 in Allen County Common Pleas Court, but court documents suggest the Lima man could get probation instead of jail time.

Matthew Burton will be sentenced Aug. 6 for stealing more than $100,000 from the Elida Local School District. Burton pleaded guilty last week to a single count of theft in office.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/06/web1_Burton-Matthew-1.jpgMatthew Burton will be sentenced Aug. 6 for stealing more than $100,000 from the Elida Local School District. Burton pleaded guilty last week to a single count of theft in office. File photo | The Lima News

By J Swygart

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