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Former Mt. Sterling Village administrator sentenced to a decade in prison

According to the state auditor, Johnson plead guilty to seven felonies, including a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first degree felony, and two counts of theft in office, money laundering and tampering with records, third-degree felonies. (Courtesy: Tri County Jails)

State Auditor Dave Yost announced that former Mt. Sterling Village administrator, Joseph A. Johnson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing for the Madison County community.

Yost said Johnson was indicted in July on 30 counts stemming from his misuse of village credit cards to purchase vehicles, automotive equipment and other miscellaneous items.

According to the state auditor, Johnson plead guilty to seven felonies, including a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first degree felony, and two counts of theft in office, money laundering and tampering with records, third-degree felonies.

“Joe Johnson used Mt. Sterling’s credit cards like a personal slush fund. The scale of his financial abuse is hard to comprehend, but it’s even more staggering when you consider the financial resources of a village,” Auditor of State Dave Yost said. “Today, the people of the village can be relieved that justice has been served.”

Yost said in addition to prison, Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello ordered Johnson to make restitution in the amount of $724,239 and up to $43,460 to cover the costs of financial audits. Johnson forfeited his Jackson County property at 3203 Camba Rd. He also forfeited the property seized when a search warrant was executed on July 19, including a number of vehicles according to Yost.

Johnson faced a maximum of 29 years in prison, according to Robert Smith, special prosecutor in the case and an assistant legal counsel for Auditor of State Yost.

Dennis Graul, an investigator for Auditor Yost, led the investigation.

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