Sentencing in the Theft in Office case against Fred Allen; former Fulton County Weights and Measures Inspector, Wauseon Council Member, and Assistant Fire Chief, was passed down by visit judge J.T. Stelzer on September 22.
The charges stemmed from Allen charging time he did not actually work to the county. The inconsistencies were originally discovered by the Fulton County Auditor’s Office, who employed Allen as the Fulton County Inspector of Weights and Measures between the dates of January 12, 2012 and February 6, 2014 when the errant reporting occurred, and was later turned into the Fulton County Sherriff’s office. Allen admitted to working for the Fire Department on County time as well as to charging the county for extra hours to compensate the time that his wife helped him on the job but also apologized for his wrong doing.
As part of a plea agreement Allen had already paid restitution in the amount of $7500 prior to sentencing. Additionally Allen was sentenced to 3 years of community control, a $2000 fine, 200 hours of community service to be served through Williams County, and was ordered to pay prosecution costs. 120 days of jail time at CCNO were suspended.
Additionally Judge Stelzer also forever disqualified Allen from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust, in the State of Ohio.
Should Allen fail to comply with the sentencing, he could face up to 9 months in prison.