Three plead guilty in Mansfield Tyger case

Defendants accused of improper use of more than $200,000 in scholarship funding for student athletes.
TNS Regional News
Apr 5, 2014

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that two people pleaded guilty Friday in Richland County Common Pleas Court for their roles in the improper use of more than $200,000 in scholarship funding meant for student athletes graduating from Mansfield Senior High School.

A third plead guilty to charges related to failure to pay income taxes on amounts gained in relation to her work at the Mansfield Tyger bingo game.

Kendall Clemons plead guilty to one count of complicity to attempted aggravated theft, a felony of the fourth degree; two counts of grand theft, felonies of the fourth degree; one count of complicity to attempted theft, a felony of the fourth degree; one count of complicity to attempted money laundering, a felony of the fourth degree; and four counts of filing false and/or fraudulent tax returns, felonies of the fifth degree. She also will make restitution of $26,000 to the escrow account set up by the Court  as a result of a civil action previously filed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which will distribute the funds at the conclusion of the legal proceedings in that case.

William Clemons plead guilty to one count of complicity to attempted aggravated theft, a felony of the fourth degree. He also plead guilty to three counts of filing false and/or fraudulent tax returns, which are felonies of the fifth degree.  He agreed to pay $12,000 in restitution to the escrow account set up by the Court as a result of a civil action previously filed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which will distribute the funds at the conclusion of the legal proceedings in that case.

Cheryl Patrick plead guilty to three counts of attempting to file incomplete, false and/or fraudulent tax returns for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. These are misdemeanors of the first degree.  She also agreed to pay $36,000 in restitution to the escrow account set up by the Court as a result of a civil action previously filed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which will distribute the funds at the conclusion of the legal proceedings in that case.

Sentencing for all three will be on May 19.   

This case was investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.