She avoids jail time but must pay up

Local music boosters boss guilty of stealing more than $10,000.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 19, 2014

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."

Comments

bassman68

Where's her pic?

Windy

Mikey has it. He's starting a new calendar.

freespeech1

Shoplift a 10 dollar item go to prison, steal $11,000 get nothing, unbelievable

TheGravyWhisperer

...looks like injustice is the new justice

local man

Why was this woman not bonded for her position. The school would have have been reimbursed and the bonding company would have gone after her house or another asset to be reimbursed. Who dropped the ball in this matter?

former local

30 days would've at least been more of a deterrent! Then she could've received the probation. Absolutely no jail time is another example of local white collar crime going unpunished!

Presto

wow so basically if you want an interest free loan just steal money from the Plymouth School District!

(which is more than ironic since some of the money she stole went to paying off her personal credit cards and car loan LOL!)

12k interest-free 5 year loan - What a DEAL!!!!