By J Swygart - firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Lima News
ELIDA — The former head of maintenance for Elida Local School District was indicted by an Allen County grand jury on charges of theft in office and aggravated theft for “depriving the … Elida School District of property or services” valued in excess of $100,000 but less than $500,000.
Matthew Burton, 42, of Lima, was indicted earlier this month by a grand jury on the third-degree felony charges. The indictment was filed Oct. 13 and Burton entered a written plea of not guilty with the court on Oct. 20. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20.
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.”