Former Ashland University Employee Arrested Friday

  • 9/21/2018 2:33:26 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A man claiming to be Ashland University's Treasurer was arrested by Mansfield Police Friday morning. 

Mansfield Police Officers observed a vehicle at Burns street with expired plates. Once the vehicle was stopped, officers observed three occupants moving around excessively in the cab of the vehicle. 

One occupant exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was advised by officers to stop and get back inside the vehicle. The female complied. Once officers approached the car, they requested the three individuals to exit the vehicle. 

The driver of the vehicle, Charlie A. Bettis, was found to be driving with a suspended drivers license and was subsequently arrested. 

The front seat passenger, Billie Joe Hinds, had two active warrants for her arrest out of the Mansfield Police Department and was arrested. 

Ricky L. Thomspon emptied his pockets, where officers discovered $100 bills that appeared to be counterfeit. Thompson was then arrested. 

Hinds was asked to remove a brown napkin from her clothing, which revealed crack cocaine. 

Upon a search of the car, three money bags were located in the back floorboard which contained a large amount of cash and checks with receipts attached returning to Ashland University. Additionally, drug paraphernalia and syringes were also found. 

Thompson then advised officers that he worked for Ashland University as the treasurer and was supposed to deposit the money in the bank and had not done so yet. Officers asked for proof of employment but Thompson could not provide any. 

Ashland University provided the following statement in regards to the arrest:

"On September 21, 2018, Ashland University was made aware of the arrest of one of its employees on charges of forgery.  Various media outlets have reported that this individual identified himself as the University's "Treasurer."  While this individual was employed in Ashland University's Business Office, he did not have the title of Treasurer.  The individual identified is no longer employed with Ashland University, and in respecting ongoing criminal and internal investigations, the University will not comment further on the matter."  

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