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Booster Club Trustees Indicted For Improper Use Of Funds

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  Original Published: 8/1/2013A long-time Mansfield Police Officer and his wife have been indicted by the Richland County Grand Jury for improper use of more than $200,000 in scholarship funding connected with the Mansfield Tyger All Sports Booster Club. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that William Clemons, 51, and Kendall Clemons, 51, of Lexington, were trustees of the club. The couple were indicted on 20 charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The club itself was indicted on five additional charges. According to the special prosecutors with the Attorney General's Office, the two booster club trustees used the money from the Mansfield Tyger All Sports Scholarship Trust to pay the mortgage on the booster club's bingo hall at 777 N. Trimble Rd., to pay the club's attorneys, and as payment to Kendall Clemons for work as the club's bookkeeper. "These defendants are accused of taking $200,000 that should have been spent to help send local athletes to college and give them bright futures," DeWine said. "My office will fight to get that money back so it can go towards its intended purpose." Kendall Clemons is also accused of unlawfully receiving more than $40,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration between June 2007 and March 2012. She's is also accused of failing to file tax returns. William Clemons is accused of filing false tax returns. Thae charges include: Kendall Clemons Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity Complicity to Aggravated Theft Complicity to Grand Theft Complicity to Attempted Theft Complicity to Money Laundering Tampering with Evidence Tampering with Records Filing incomplete, false and/or Fraudulent Tax Returns William Clemons Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity Complicity to Aggravated Theft Complicity to Grand Theft Filing Incomplete, False and/or Fraudulent Tax Returns Tampering with Records Richland All Sports Booster Club AKA Mansfield Tyger All Sports Booster Club Aggravated Theft Grand Theft Attempted Theft Tampering with Evidence Tampering with Records A $2,500 personal recognizance bond was set for each defendant. William Clemons retired Wednesday from the Mansfield Police Department. He served on the department for more than 24 years. The couple will be arraigned on Aug. 20, 1 p.m. in Richland County Common Pleas Court.  The Attorney General's Office launched an investigation in 2009 after receiving numerous complaints of theft fom individuals who left the organization. In December 2010, the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education ended all ties with the booster club. The Attorney General's Office filed a civil suit in December 2011 against the Richland All Sports Booster Club. The lawsuit alleged a number of claims including money laundering, theft and racketeering. In January 2012, the state and booster club agreed to a temporary restraining order requiring all funds by the club be held in escrow with the court. On Feb. 9, 2012, the defendants in the civil lawsuit filed a motion requesting the judge released a portion of the money to pay for their attorney fees. Judge James Henson ruled the defendants are prohibited from having access to the chartiable assets held in escrow for their legal fees. On Monday, the defendants filed a notice to appeal Judge Henson's decision. The defendants listed on the filing were the Clemonses, Val Alamanteoff, Josh Brown, Ginger Cushing, Ryan Cushing, Lisa Liggett, Tom Lorenz, Mary Ogle, Kathleen O'Leary, April Smith, Carl Snow and the Richland All Sports Booster Club.
   
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