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She avoids jail time but must pay up

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jun 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

She avoided prison, but the former president and treasurer of the Plymouth/Shiloh Big Red Music Boosters Association was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and ordered to pay back nearly $12,000.

Jodi Kidd, 41, of Shelby, pleaded guilty last month to theft and four counts of misuse of a credit card. She stole $11,773.31 from the nonprofit volunteer organization at Plymouth-Shiloh schools between September 2012 and May 2013.

This was not taxpayers money, but funds raised by the club.

Richland County Common Pleas Judge Brent Robinson put Kidd on probation for five years because he didn't know how long it would take her to make restitution to the school system, according to information in the Mansfield News-Journal.

Kidd could have gotten up to five and a half years behind bars, but the judge said Kidd would not be able to make restitution if he sent her to prison.

Her crimes came to light when another booster member went to make a deposit at a bank and the paperwork showed discrepancies.

Plymouth-Shiloh Superintendent James Metcalf addressed the court, speaking on the district's behalf.

"Although $11,773.31 may not appear to be a significant amount of money, our community has 58 percent of its students on free and reduced lunches," Metcalf said in the News-Journal story. "Mrs. Kidd has let our community and our students down and violated that trust."

Robinson asked Metcalf what the school board wanted for a resolution.

"The school system would like their money back," Metcalf said. "We'll leave that (sentence) to your discretion."

At the same time, Metcalf asked Robinson to consider the message he would be sending to students.

Defense attorney Brian Gernert pointed out that Kidd had no prior criminal history and showed remorse, the News-Journal reported.

"She wants to get through this and make things right," Gernert said.

Kidd briefly addressed the court. She said she has a job and plans to get a second one.

"I plan on making full restitution," Kidd said.

Robinson told Kidd she was lucky to avoid a prison sentence, the News-Journal reported..

"If they (school officials) were asking for prison, you would go," the judge said. "I expect you to pay back every cent."

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